Robert Hoge is in-conversation with author, Royce Kurmelovs discussing Rogue Nation. This is a fascinating first-hand account of the phenomenon of One Nation, from within Canberra and outside it, and will be compulsory reading for any Australian who cares about their vote.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 4 December, 6.00pm

Cost: $7.50

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Fancy being an urban farmer? Then come along to Riverbend and let Angus Stewart teach you how to get started, as we chat about his new book, Grow Your Own.

Where: Riverbend Books

When: 22 November, 6.30pm

Cost: $8

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Join best-selling legends of Australian fantasy Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins as Angela Slatter launches their new collection of stories The Silver Well – with an introduction by Lisa L. Hannett and illustrations by Kathleen Jennings.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 29 November, 6.00pm

Cost: Free, but RSVP essential

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Join a Salon of emerging writers when Jerath Head is in-conversation with Bram Presser discussing his novel The Book of Dirt.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 21 November, 6.00pm

Cost: $7.50

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The Rockhampton Regional Council Library Service is calling for expressions of interest from speculative authors, graphic artists, poets and artists to attend the annual CapriCon 2018 Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention on Saturday 7 April 2018.

Authors and other creative industries will have pride of place at the convention at the Rockhampton Regional Library in our Authors Alley. The free convention provides a great opportunity to sell your books or works to a very responsive audience. This year our conference attracted 6500 visitors to the one day event and we anticipate a significant increase in numbers for our 2018 convention. Authors are provided with a table, chairs and a display board, and in some cases an opportunity to speak in a panel will also be offered.

Please contact Ann-Maree Dyer, Client Services Supervisor at Rockhampton Regional Libraries (libraries@rrc.qld.gov.au / 07 4936 8297) before 2 February 2018 to secure your spot.

Some of the best zine makers from all over Australia come to share their zines, pins, patches, and other rad stuff they like to make, in one exhibition where you can buy it all. This hanging zine exhibition will accompany artist print displays and a table of goodies to help you shop early for Christmas so you’re not just stuck giving out socks again. Come read radical literature, explore new art, and support your local zine makers.

Where: Crowbar Brisbane

When: 1 December, 5.00pm

Cost: Free from 5-8pm

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A ground-breaking work of Australian military history, The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau tells the story of the country’s most significant code-breaking and signals-intelligence achievements during the Second World War. It reveals how Australians built a large and sophisticated intelligence network from scratch, how Australian code-breakers cracked Japanese army and air force codes, and how the code-breakers played a vital role in the battles of Midway, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, Hollandia and Leyte.

This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories. It is the story of Australia’s version of Bletchley Park, or talented and dedicated individuals who significantly influences the course of the Pacific War. Join David as he discusses his new book The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau.

Where: Hamilton Library

When: 16 November, 6.00pm

Cost: Free, but bookings essential: 07 3403 1050

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Parting Words is the much-anticipated new novel by Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed, which was shortlisted for two Queensland Literary Awards. Cass writes movingly about love and relationships in all their forms: betrayal, guilt, redemption, loyalty, loss, friendship and the importance of forgiveness. Join Cass as she discusses her latest novel.

Where: Wynnum Library

When: 23 November, 10.30am

Cost: Free, but bookings essential: 07 3403 2199

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Brisbane’s infamous ‘man in black’, Jack Sim, walks the shadowy streets of town in search of stories and tales of horrible history. Join Jack for a thrilling story or two.

Where: Carindale Library

When: 18 November, 2.00pm

Cost: Free, but bookings essential: 07 3407 1490

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A ground-breaking work of Australian military history, The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau tells the story of the country’s most significant code-breaking and signals-intelligence achievements during the Second World War. It reveals how Australians built a large and sophisticated intelligence network from scratch, how Australian code-breakers cracked Japanese army and air force codes, and how the code-breakers played a vital role in the battles of Midway, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, Hollandia and Leyte.

This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories. It is the story of Australia’s version of Bletchley Park, or talented and dedicated individuals who significantly influences the course of the Pacific War. Join David as he discusses his new book The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau.

Where: Carindale Library

When: 16 November, 6.00pm

Cost: Free, but bookings essential: 07 3407 1490

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Honest, fabulous, powerful and poignant, join Kerri-Anne Kennerley in conversation with author and journalist Frances Whiting as she discusses her new book A Bold Life.

Where: Brisbane City Hall

When: 15 November, 6.30pm

Cost: Free, but bookings essential: 07 3403 4166

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Join Avid reader for an intimate event as bestselling author-turned-history-detective Kaz Cooke reveals how she conjured up the amazing life of Ada Delroy, comedian and dancer. Ada and her troupe travelled the world with spectacular performances that made her a household name in Australia and New Zealand more than 100 years ago. This richly imagined memoir sports a fabulous cast of characters from our history, from Helena Rubinstein to Harry Houdini — and Kaz will share with you some of the rare photos of real vaudevillians she discovered during her research.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 22 November, 6.00pm

Cost: $7.50

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Join bestselling author-turned-history-detective Kaz Cooke as she reveals how she conjured up the amazing life of Ada Delroy, comedian and dancer in her new book Ada. Be sure to come along to hear about this richly imagined memoir, which sports a fabulous cast of characters from our history, from Helena Rubinstein to Harry Houdini!

Where: Riverbend Books

When: 21 November, 6.30pm

Cost: $8

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Meet Dame Lynley Dodd, learn how she became a writer and an illustrator, and discover how her exquisite illustrations and clever rhymes coupled with simple, yet realistic stories, have become timeless classics. This conversation, between Dame Lynley Dodd and exhibition curator Penelope Jackson, is for adults and children over 8.

Where: Redcliffe Cultural Centre

When: 7 December, 3.30pm

Cost: FREE

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Join Christopher Currie in-conversation with legendary comedian Tony Martin for the launch of his novel Deadly Kerfuffle. New Zealand-born Tony Martin was a writer and performer on cult TV comedies The D-Generation and The Late Show, one half of radio’s Martin/Molloy, and the creator of Get This. He wrote and directed the movie Bad Eggs, and appeared in The Castle, Crackerjack, Kath & Kim and Thank God You’re Here. He hosted ABC TV’s A Quiet Word, directed episodes of The Librarians, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and Upper Middle Bogan, and in the UK, was a producer on Ross Noble’s Freewheeling.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 14 November, 6pm

Cost: $7.50

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Make your way to Riverbend oto hear from  Michael Smith, the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane! Learn about the epic seven month adventure which took him to the farthest reaches of the globe , often risking his life to make modern aviation history.

Where: Riverbend Books

When: 3 November, 6.30pm

Cost: $8

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Join MC Nick Earls at Avid Reader as he hosts the launch of Griffith Review 58: The Novella Project V: Storied Lives with Karen Hands and readings by Laura Elvery and Kristina Olsson.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 3 November, 6pm

Cost: FREE

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Join ABC Radio National Books & Arts presenter Sarah Kanowski who is in-conversation with Peter Carey at the Old Museum discussing his latest novel A Long Way From Home.

Where: The Old Museum

When: 14 November, 6pm

Cost: $17.50 / $47.50 (Hardback Book and Ticket deal)

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Join Riverbend Books for Breakfast with one of Australia’s literary greats, Peter Carey. A two time Man Booker Prize winner, and three time Miles Franklin winner, Peter is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest talents, and Riverbend are delighted that he will be there to chat to Matthew Condon about his new novel, A Long Way From Home.

Where: Riverbend Books

When: 15 November, 7am

Cost: $40 (includes Breakfast prepared by the Riverbend Cafe)

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Delve into the darkness of this storytelling event that combines creative writing, performance, sound and music to create a suite of new work by collaborating artists responding to the concept of the lullaby. Stories that travel across and intersect histories, identities and continents will unfold throughout the evening. Traditional lullabies and original interpretations of the form will further explore the themes, emotions and textures of the stories.

Where: Junk Bar

When: 9 November 7pm and 9pm

Cost: $19.40

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