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Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie in conversation with Mia Freedman

Join comedian and author Meshel Laurie and media personality Mia Freedman as they discuss Meshel's new book Buddhism for Break-ups in which she shows how Buddhism can be used as a roadmap for navigating a broken heart. When Meshel found herself facing the end of her nineteen-year marriage, she realised there were no Buddhist books about break-ups. So she wrote one.

Date:   Thursday 23 February

Time:   12:30pm

Venue: Dymocks Sydney, 428 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Price:   This is a free event.

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie: Buddhism for Break-ups

Buddhist philosophy helped radio, television and comedy star Meshel Laurie survive many life crises. But when she found herself facing the end of her nineteen-year marriage, she couldn't find a Buddhist book about break-ups. So she wrote one.

Come and hear Meshel talk about her book and how her biggest challenge turned out to be a great opportunity for personal growth and happiness.
 

Date:   Monday 27 February

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Geelong Library 51 Little Malop Street Geelong, VIC 3220

Price:   This is a free event.

Meshel Laurie

Buddhism for Breakups

In her new book, Buddhism for Break-ups, Meshel Laurie shows how Buddhism can be used as a roadmap for navigating a broken heart. With her wry humour and trademark honesty, Meshel shares her go-to guide for zen.

Date:   Thursday 2 March

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings Doncaster, 819 Doncaster Road, Doncaster VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

La Trobe Lawn Lunch

La Trobe Lawn Lunch

La Trobe University holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Melbournians and people across regional Victoria. It’s our 50th anniversary this year and we’re celebrating in style with a range of programs and events throughout 2017.

We kick off the anniversary celebrations with the La Trobe Lawn Lunch on our renowned campus grounds in Bundoora on Sunday 5 March for a sensational afternoon program that champions the University’s history and cultural diversity through author conversations, film, music, drinks produced by our alumni, food from our social enterprise catering partners and, most importantly, the chance to catch up with old friends and reminisce about your time at La Trobe.

Date:   Sunday 5 March

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Academic Lawn, La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus Kingsbury Drive Melbourne, VIC 3086

Price:   $20

Jessa Crispin

In My Opinion: The Opinionated Personal Essay with Jessa Crispin

The personal, opinionated essay has become strangely controversial. Is it exploitative? Is it just women moping about, revisiting trauma for money? Are we all drowning in a sea of opinion?

And yet we keep reading personal essays because the immediacy, the vulnerability, and the thoughtfulness of a well-crafted essay makes them irresistible.

How, then, can a writer craft something beautiful centred around his or her idea or experience, but avoid the common pitfalls of the genre? 

Date:   Monday 6 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: SA Writers Centre, Level 2, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

Price:   $90

Lauren Sams

International Women's Day with Lauren Sams

DID SOMEBODY SAY CHEESE AND WINE?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, MacLean’s Booksellers will be combining all the best things life has on offer: cheese, wine, chats with an author, and more cheese and wine.

Be inspired by Australian author Lauren Sams as she reads from her hilarious new novel, Crazy, Busy, Guilty, followed by a Q&A hosted by our social media maven, Jane Hollier Brown.

Join us as we explore identity, friendship, career, motherhood, and where a gal can go to get a good doughnut (or three)!

Tickets are free, however make sure you RSVP as spots are limited!

Date:   Wednesday 8 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: MacLean's Booksellers, 69 Beaumont St Hamilton, NSW 2303

Price:   This is a free event.

Jessa Crispin

Jessa Crispin: Why I Am Not a Feminist

Jessa Crispin has made her name as a contrarian.

Founder of the uncompromising review blog Bookslut and editor of literary magazine Spoila, she’s railed against comfortable consensus in American publishing, burning bridges and throwing grenades at holy grails. Crispin fights on the side of literary ambition, experimentation, rigour and intellectual independence.

Her new book, by its very name, is a provocation. It’s called Why I Am Not a Feminist and it’s a spiky, scholarly critique of the compromises inherent in American feminism today. Crispin reveres unfashionable, radical Second Wave feminist writers and believes contemporary mainstream feminism has sold women out for something banal, corporate, unimaginative and exclusive. Why I Am Not a Feminist imagines a new kind of feminism and calls for upheaval.

Join this razor-sharp polemicist for a fresh, ferocious take on contemporary feminism and cultural criticism.

Date:   Wednesday 8 March

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

David Salter

Writers Live: David Salter introduces Ragamuffin Man

You are invited to meet David Salter when he introduces Ragamuffin Man: The World of Syd Fischer

Date:   Thursday 9 March

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Berkelouw Books, 12-14 Park Street, Mona Vale, 2103, Sydney, AU

Price:   $14

Clare Press

Clare Press on sustainable fashion

In Wardrobe Crisis, writer and eco-influencer Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Join her at our St Kilda shop for a fascinating conversation with Melissa Singer, fashion and lifestyle editor of The Age and The Sunday Age.

Why is ethical fashion such a hot topic right now? How does the fashion system work? How did it get so fast? Why should, and how can we slow it down? And who is leading the charge?

Date:   Saturday 11 March

Time:   4:00pm

Venue: Readings St Kilda — 112 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182

Price:   This is a free event.

James Boyce

Losing Streak launch

Andrew Wilkie launches Losing Streak by James Boyce.

A jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in the state of Tasmania – and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families

Date:   Tuesday 14 March

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: The Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street (Corner of Burnett) North Hobart

Price:   This is a free event.

Shirleene Robinson

In conversation with Robert Reynolds & Shirleene Robinson

Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now reveals the legacies of homophobia, the personal struggles and triumphs involved in coming out, the inconsistent state of social progress, and the many different ways of being gay or lesbian in Australia – then and now.

Date:   Wednesday 15 March

Time:   2:15pm

Venue: Marrickville Library, Marrickville Rd & Petersham Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

Price:   This is a free event.

James Boyce

James Boyce Author Talk

Losing Streak is a jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in the state of Tasmania – and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families.
 

Date:   Wednesday 15 March

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: Not Just Books, 52 Wilson Street, Burnie, TAS, 7320

Price:   This is a free event.

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie on Buddhism

Buddhist philosophy has also helped Meshel through dark periods of her life, including the break-up of her own marriage. Her new book, Buddhism for Break-ups, details the personal growth that occurred during this painful process and takes the form of a handy how-to guide, including plenty of practical advice and its author’s trademark humour.

In conversation with Susan Carland, Meshel will discuss her new book and the daily intersection of philosophy, family and career.

Date:   Wednesday 15 March

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie on Buddhism

Comedian, radio host and official Australian ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama – Meshel Laurie is a much-loved, familiar figure in the media, but many people don’t know that she’s also a dedicated Buddhist.

Meditation is something she’s passionate about sharing – and an integral part of her own, otherwise hectic, daily routine (one she describes as her own ‘key to contentment’).

Buddhist philosophy has also helped Meshel through dark periods of her life, including the break-up of her own marriage. Her new book, Buddhism for Break-ups, details the personal growth that occurred during this painful process and takes the form of a handy how-to guide, including plenty of practical advice and its author’s trademark humour.

In conversation with Susan Carland, Meshel will discuss her new book and the daily intersection of philosophy, family and career.

Date:   Wednesday 15 March

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Playing To Win: Jeff Apter Author Talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music including Playing To Win. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Thursday 16 March

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Wynnum Library, 145 Florence Street, Wynnum, QLD 4178

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Playing To Win: Jeff Apter Author Talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music including Playing To Win. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Thursday 16 March

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Holland Park Library, 81 Seville Rd, Holland Park, QLD 4121

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Playing To Win: Jeff Apter Author Talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music including Playing To Win. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Thursday 16 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Carindale Library, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale, QLD 4152

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Playing To Win: Jeff Apter Author Talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music including Playing To Win. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Friday 17 March

Time:   11:30am

Venue: Carina Library, Mayfield Rd & Nyrang St, Carina, QLD 4152

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Playing To Win: Jeff Apter Author Talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music including Playing To Win. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Friday 17 March

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Chermside Library, 960 Gympie Rd, Chermside, QLD 4032

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Playing To Win: Jeff Apter Author Talk

John Farnham is the quintessential Aussie success story. Jeff Apter, the bestselling biographer of the Bee Gees and Keith Urban, provides a rare glimpse inside Farnsie’s world

Date:   Saturday 18 March

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Logan Hyperdome Library, 66-70 Mandew St, Shailer Park, QLD 4128

Price:   This is a free event.

Micheline Lee

Thursday night book club

Pull up a beanbag every Thursday evening this summer and autumn, and get comfy in Melbourne's 'home of books'. Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while listening to some of the best writers in the city talk about their work.

Each Thursday night book club will focus on one of 10 recently released books, all sharing one theme – they're all set in Melbourne. Each meeting will include a Q&A chaired by Readings bookshop, followed by a lively discussion with your fellow book club members.

Notes on the book will be posted online before each session and we'll keep the discussion going in the State Library's Tablo writing community.

Date:   Thursday 6 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Palmer Hall, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.