The Build-Up Season comes out on Monday, so I’m getting ready for the publicity machine to crank up, and the best bit – meeting readers and hearing their thoughts. It’s such a giant honour.
On Thursday August 3, from 6pm (for a 6.30pm start), I’m having a Book Launch at Kinokuniya in Sydney, which is the most beautiful bookstore. Seriously, cram all this beauty into your eyeballs –
My childhood hero, Melina Marchetta, has not only lent me her lovely words to use as a cover blurb for The Build-Up Season, but she’s launching the book as well. If you’d told my childhood self this as I was reading and loving Looking for Alibrandi, I may have suffered spontaneous combustion due to excessive excitement. Thankfully that didn’t happen and I’m not just a pile of charred remains. There will be a reading from my kinda-cousin and old dear friend Shari Sebbens, because she performs for a living and I hide behind a computer screen, so she will do a far better job than me.
It’s an open event and all and sundry are welcome, there will even be cheese, wine and secret The Build-Up Season show bags – here are the event details – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-build-up-season-book-launch-tickets-36091120513
From August 9 – 14 I’ll be in my old hometown Darwin, and I’ll be attending some events there – I’d love to see some Territory faces. I’ll be talking a little bit about my book, answering questions and signing copies (which The Bookshop Darwin will provide for sale). You can catch me at –
Casuarina Library – Thursday 10th August from 10am – 11am
Darwin High School – Friday 11th August from 9am
Palmerston Library – Friday 11th August from 6pm
The Bookshop Darwin – Saturday 12 August from 11am
I’ll be in Hobart from August 17 – 21 to attend the CBCA Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and then I’ll be mooching around and exploring the beautiful city. I’ll be sure to pop into some local bookstores and sign some copies.
Then I’ll be in Melbourne from August 26 – 28 to attend the Sisters in Crime 17th Annual Davitt Awards. I’ll be popping into bookstores and we’re having a YA bookish people meetup on Sunday at 12.45pm, at the QV Square Grill’d. There should be a few people there from the bookstagram and ozya twitter community, and all and sundry are welcome to come along and join us.
So, a really busy month ahead. I’m especially looking forward to my launch, because the launch for Yellow was one of the best nights of my life. See photos below for proof :
With my cuzzie Shari, my agent Tara Wynne (from Curtis Brown Literary Agency), a ridiculously happy me holding my book baby, the glorious Melina Marchetta, and Penguin Random House Young Readers Publishing Director, Laura Harris.
Hope to see you around!