Authors at Ashfield since 2002 Author signing autography : photo by Monde Photography

Authors at Ashfield is a popular series of free literary events presented by Ashfield Library since 2002.  Come along to hear bestselling Australian and international authors and professional lecturers talk about their latest books or literary topics. These topics are: art, literature, religion, politics.  The series has featured authors including Richard Glover, Tim Flannery, Caroline Jones, Susannah Fullerton, Maeve O'Meara, Bob Carr and Geraldine Brooks. All events are free.  Books are available for sale and signing (except lectures). We present a mix of lunchtime and evening events. Better Read Than Dead, Newtown are our booksellers. Venue is 260 Liverpool Road, Level 6 Civic Centre, Ashfield.

Enquiries Therese Scott 9716 1821.

We're hosting several Readers Advisory sessions before author talks this year, check our the upcoming sessions here:

 

2016 Program

May 

 

Monday May 9 1pm Level 6 Council Chambers 

Launch of Susannah Fullerton's new CD on poetry

Susannah Fullerton launches her new CD, 'Poetry to Fill a Room'. She will discuss her choice of poems, the challenges of making a CD, and will read extracts from the new CD. Discover the joys of classic poetry at this special event.

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2016: Adrian McKinty discussing his latest Sean Duffy instalment Rain Dogs Thursday May 19  2016  6.00pm for 6.30pm-7.30pm Ashfield Town Hall

Ashfield Library is proud to again be partnering with Sydney Writers’ Festival for the 14th consecutive year. We are excited to be welcoming to Ashfield Irish crime novelist, now Melbourne resident, Adrian McKinty, with his new Detective Sean Duffy thriller, Rain Dogs. Please join us in Ashfield Town Hall on Thursday May 19 6.00pm for 6.30pm start, books for sale and signing from Gleebooks, Finn will play some lively music and there will be wine and light refreshments. Bookings for this free event are essential:

Eventbrite - Sydney Writers' Festival 2016: Adrian McKinty discusses his latest Sean Duffy instalment Rain Dogs

Monday May 30 2016  1pm Level 6 Council Chambers

Joanna Penglase illustrated lecture : Raymond Chandler: The Simple Art of Murder.

June  

Thursday June 2 6pm for 6.30pm start Local Studies Room Level 2 Civic Centre

Nigel Bartlett in conversation with A.B. Paterson about A.B.'s crime novel Harry's World
Book for sale and signing on the night from the author.

PI Harry Kenmare is a prehistoric private detective in an unfriendly modern world.
His life revolves around drinking, fine food, smoking, and fast women, preferably the ones he has to pay for, in cash.  So what better CV for trawling through Sydney's corrupt social and political elites, who cravenly chase power and wealth behind veneers of respectability.In this collection of seedy episodes, Harry is a dinosaur on a mission of justice, looking to shatter the hypocritical façades. And the rules don't always apply.
Join him in the jungle of 21st century Port Jackson, where little is as it seems, and none of it is pretty.  Except, of course, those gorgeous by the hour girls.

Eventbrite - Nigel Bartlett in conversation with A.B. Paterson about A.B.'s  crime novel Harry's World

Tuesday June 14 1pm Level 6 Council Chambers
Robert Eales with his fascinating history book, The Compassionate Englishwoman : Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War. 

The year 1900 is an era in which few women made a mark on their time. Emily Hobhouse was an exceptional person who did. This courageous woman went to southern Africa during the Boer War to investigate stories that women and children were having a difficult time in the conflict. With considerable difficulty she threaded her way through the war, all on her own and undaunted by the danger. What she found was very disturbing.
She privately urged the authorities to act, first in southern Africa, then in Britain - to no avail. As civilian deaths increased, her campaign escalated. But the government did not want anyone to hear her story and they made life very difficult for her. In the meantime, what she had discovered on the veld turned into a major tragedy. Eventually, her work saved many lives.

Book for sale and signing from the author

Saturday June 18 11am Local Studies Room Level 2 Civic Centre
Walter Mason will give an illustrated lecture Private Lives and Noel Coward

Thursday June 30  6.00pm for 6.30pm start Ashfield Town Hall

readthis!2016  

Dr Tim Soutphommasane will talk about and sign copies of his book I’m not racist but… 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act.

This is our one community, one book reading promotion

Book available for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown.

Eventbrite - readthis!2016  Dr Tim Soutphommasane will talk about and sign copies of his book I’m not racist but… 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act.

July

Thursday 7 July 6.00pm for 6.30 pm start Ashfield Town Hall 

NAIDOC Week 2016: Professor Larissa Behrendt, in her second visit to our NAIDOC Week series, discusses her new book: Finding Eliza

A vital Indigenous perspective on colonial storytelling.

Aboriginal lawyer, writer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the Butchulla people after she was shipwrecked on their island off the Queensland coast in 1836. In this deeply personal book, Behrendt uses Eliza’s tale as a starting point to interrogate how Aboriginal people – and indigenous people of other countries – have been portrayed in their colonisers’ stories. 

Exploring works as diverse as Robinson Crusoe and Coonardoo, Behrendt looks at the stereotypes embedded in these accounts, including the assumption of cannibalism and the myth of the noble savage. Ultimately, Finding Eliza shows how these stories not only reflect the values of their storytellers but also reinforce those values – and how, in Australia, this has contributed to a complex racial divide. 

Bookings essential: 

Eventbrite - NAIDOC Week 2016: Professor Larissa Behrendt discusses her new book: Finding Eliza

Monday July 11 1pm Level 6 Council Chambers 

Leigh Straw with her new book The worst woman in Sydney: the life and crimes of Kate Leigh 

A fascinating true crime biography, based in Eastern Sydney, about Kate Leigh-famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer who had a bit of the Robin Hood about her. Despite having over 100 criminal convictions to her name she is also remembered as a local hero, giving money to needy families and supporting her local community through the Depression and war. She has been the subject of TV series Underbelly but this is tge first biography devoted solely to her. 

Books for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown. 

Wednesday July 13 1pm Level 6 Council Chambers
Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Gustave Flaubert and his novel Madame Bovar

Tuesday July 26 6.30pm for 7.00pm start Ashfield Town Hall


Hugh Mackay with his new book Beyond Belief : finding meaning without religion

Eventbrite - Hugh Mackay with his new book Beyond Belief

August

Thursday  11am August 4  Level 6 Council Chambers

Walter Mason illustrated lecture on  The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens and his final, unfinished novel  

Tuesday August 9 6:00pm for 6:30pm start Local Studies Room Level 2 Ashfield Civic Centre

John Blay with his new book On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way

The story of John Blay's long-distance search for the Bundian Way, an important Aboriginal pathway between Mt Kozciuszko and Twofold Bay near Eden on the New South Wales far south coast. The 360-kilometre route traverses some of the nation's most remarkable landscapes, from the highest place on the continent to the ocean. This epic bushwalking story uncovers history, country and rediscovery of this significant track.  Now heritage-listed, and thanks to the work of Blay and local Indigenous communities, the Bundian Way is set to be one of the great Australian Walks. 

Books for sale and signing from Better Read Than Dead Newtown. 

Bookings essential: 

Eventbrite - John Blay with his new book On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way

Monday August 15 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

David Lewis illustrated lecture on Oscar Wilde 

Thursday  August 18 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

Vasudha Chandra  illustrated lecture on Medical mishaps and maladies in the Brontes' lives and novels

Vasudha Chandra is a doctor working in Palliative Care and is also a writer who has published articles, short stories and poetry. Vasudha is a member of, and has been a presenter for the Australian Bronte Association and the Jane Austen Society of Australia. 

Wednesday August 24 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Jane Eales with her new memoir Secrets, spies and spotted dogs: unraveling mysterious family connections behind a secret adoption 

A simple need for her birth certificate leads Jane, aged 19, to a devastating secret: she is adopted. This award-winning memoir is about the author's secret adoption in London 1947, and her search for her birth mother - a spy in World War Two. Jane was 19 when she was told she was adopted and sworn to secrecy, forbidden to find her biological family. Decades later, in response to tragic family circumstances, she begins a poignant search for truth and identity that would take her to Africa, Europe and Australia...

Books for sale and signing on the day from the author. 

September 

Saturday September 3 11am Local Studies Room Level 2 Civic Centre

Walter Mason illustrated lecture on Cecil Beaton, beauty and My Fair lady - a look at the life of the world's most glamorous photographer

Thursday September 8 6pm for 6.30pm Local Studies Room 


Patti Miller with talk about and sign copies of her book Ransacking Paris.


What does it mean to fulfil a dream long after it seems possible? When Patti Miller arrives to write in Paris for a year, the world glows 'as if the light that comes after the sun has set hadspilled gold on everything'. Exploring truth and illusion, self-knowledge and identity, and family and cultures, Miller evokes the beauty, the contradictions and the daily life of contemporary Paris.

Bookings essential

Eventbrite - Patti Miller with talk about and sign copies of her book Ransacking Paris.


Book available for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown.

October

Saturday October 15 11am Local Studies Room Level 2

Walter Mason illustrated lecture on Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualist - Fairies, ectoplasm and voices from beyond the grave in Conan Doyle's final years

November

Monday November 7 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

Thursday November 24 6:30pm for 7:00pm start Ashfield Town Hall 

Richard Glover in conversation with Anne Summers about her landmark newly revised book Damned Whores and God's Police 

Bookings essential:

Eventbrite - Richard Glover in conversation with Anne Summers about her landmark newly revised book Damned Whores and God's Police

Books for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown 

Wednesday November 30 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Artistic Authors or Literary Artists?

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