Canberra author-playwright Maura Pierlot is launching Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection on Friday, October 29 at 5pm at The Book Cow in Kingston. The event will be in-store subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the time and will be live-streamed on The Book Cow's Facebook page. Free but bookings required: http://bit.ly//FragmentsBookLaunch.
HNSA virtual conference
The Historical Novel Society Australasia virtual conference is on until October 24 and showcases more than 70 speakers from around the world. The guest of honour is Geraldine Brooks, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, March. Other international guests include Kate Quinn, Ben Kane, Elizabeth Chadwick, Richard Zimler, Kevan Lyon and Laurie Blum Guest. Keynote speaker Julie Janson will address the theme of Recovery-Restoring, Reconciling and Re-imaging Lost Histories. All interviews and panels will be available to view on demand for three months after the conclusion of the event at no extra cost. More information and registrations: hnsa.org.au/2021-hnsa-conference.
Influenza history lecture
The Noel Butlin Archives Centre annual lecture, Records and recollections: the pneumonic influenza pandemic in Australia, 1918-1919, will be given online by Dr Anthea Hyslop on Tuesday October 26 at 6pm. Dr Hyslop will draw on both public records and private memories to show how personal experiences illuminate and enrich our understanding of the impact that the ''flu'' pandemic had in Australia. Bookings: archives.anu.edu.au/events.
Children's literary competition
The Creative Thought and Reflection Literary Competition (CTRL+A) is run by the Orana Parents and Friends. Authors Jackie French and Harry Laing will be the judges. This year the theme is aligned with the Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds. The intention is to include as many children's stories, poems and one-page graphic novels as possible in the annual Orana Anthology of Creative Thought. Competition submissions will be open until November 1, 2021. All children of school age in Canberra and the surrounding regions are eligible to submit entries. All submissions must be accompanied by an entry fee. The book will be available for pre-purchase with delivery in early 2022. Find out more at ctrla.oranaschool.com.
October 27: National Library of Australia Friends are invited to a Meet the Author event with award-winning author Alex Miller at 4pm ($10 Friends Members only). He will talk about his new book, Max, shortlisted for the 2021 National Biography Prize. The event will be held live via Zoom. To join this event, please register with your Friends membership number. An email will be sent before the event with the Zoom URL, as well as reminder emails a week, a day and an hour before the webinar. nla.gov.au.
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