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Jenny Valentish

Everything Harder Than Everyone Else Launch

Join us for the launch of Jenny Valentish’s Everything Harder than Everyone Else: Why Some of Us Push Our Bodies to Extremes.

In her latest book, Valentish meets porn stars, bare-knuckle boxers, performance artists and BDSM lifers, revealing what their endeavours in endurance can teach us about the human condition.

Jenny will be joined by Australian wrestling legend KrackerJak who has faced everyone from former WWE Superstars to feared indie legends since starting out in 1999, and takes ill-advised sojourns into deathmatch wrestling, wielding wild home-cobbled weapons and being struck by more of the same.

The Q&A is led by Scarlett Harris, an Australian culture critic, with a focus on professional wrestling and television. Her book A Diva Was a Female Version of a Wrestler is out now.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

Please book here.

Date:   Tuesday 10 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Port Melb Bowls Club at 130 Spring St W, Port Melbourne

Price:   This is a free event

Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam in conversation

Scott Ludlam, the former Senator, will be discussing his new book, Full Circle, A Search for the World That Comes Next, with Steven Lang. Raj Patel writes of Ludlam's book: 'Australia lost a Senator, the world gained a luminous writer... Full Circle is at once a comic chronicle of the the climate apocalypse, a heartbreaking work of paleo history and a fugitive tourist diary, strange, uncategorisable and magnificent.' And, introducing, Mary-Lou Stephens.

Date:   Wednesday 11 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Maleny Community Centre 2 Maple Street, Maleny, Queensland 4552

Price:   $22 / $15

Sara El Sayed

August Salon: Pink & launch of 'Muddy People' by Sara El Sayed

August salon and launch of Muddy People with the QUT Literary Salon

Date:   Thursday 12 August

Time:   5:00pm

Venue: The Grove

Price:   This is a free event

Alice Pung

Northcote High School Writers' Talkfest - Writing Resilience

We are thrilled to announce that our annual Talkfest will take place on Tuesday 11th August at 7:30pm at Northcote High School Hall. This year’s theme is Writing Resilience, join Ruth Clare author of Enemy and NHS parent, who will speak with an exceptional panel of authors; Alice Pung, Evelyn Araluen and Sarah Krasnostein.

Date:   Thursday 12 August

Time:   7:30pm

Venue: Olver Hall, Northcote High School

Price:   $20

Alice Pung

Books and Ideas at Montalto: Alice Pung

Alice Pung is one of Australia’s most beloved writers, known for her bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, as well as the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Her young adult novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Now, Pung is back with a brand new and equally compelling story. Her new novel, One Hundred Days, examines a complex mother-daughter relationship. When sixteen-year-old Karuna discovers she is pregnant, her overprotective mother confines her to their fourteenth-storey housing-commission flat. Brimming with honesty, fearlessness and heart, One Hundred Days asks: what separates love from control?

Join Pung over lunch at Montalto as she discusses this fractured fairytale with host Melanie Cheng. Please arrive at 12pm for a 12.30pm start.

Date:   Friday 13 August

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Montalto, 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, VIC

Price:   $150

Barbara Minchinton

Book Launch: The Women of Little Lon

We are thrilled to have Fiona Patten MP launch Barbara Minchinton’s The Women of Little Lon.

This book is a vivid account of a remarkable but little-known chapter in Melbourne’s history. Sex workers in nineteenth-century Melbourne were judged morally corrupt by the respectable world around them. But theirs was a thriving trade, with links to the police and political leaders of the day, and the leading brothels were usually managed by women. While today a popular bar and a city lane are famously named after Madame Brussels, the identities of the other ‘flash madams’, the ‘dressed girls’ who worked for them and the hundreds of women who solicited on the streets of the Little Lon district of Melbourne are not remembered. Drawing on the findings of recent archaeological excavations, rare archival material and family records, historian Barbara Minchinton brings the fascinating world of Little Lon to life.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

Date:   Wednesday 18 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings State Library — Woiworung Country, State Library Victoria, 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne 3000, Victoria

Price:   This is a free event

Sara El Sayed

Sara El Sayed Author Talk

Sara El Sayed will be discussing her debut memoir Muddy People at Avid Reader.

Date:   Monday 30 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online

Price:   This is a free event