I’m so excited to be sharing some positive news in this time of uncertainty. Once again, Avid Reader Bookshop is thinking ahead in terms of ways to continue important (life-saving?!) engagement between authors and readers. Avid has set up a Zoom series of online author in-conversation events. These will be live-streamed, with the audience able to ask questions at the end through the text function on Zoom (easy!) which will then be answered by the featured author. It’s not the same as being in store (you have to supply your own wine and cheese!) but in this chaotic time, it is definitely a safe and socially distant activity in which you can participate, keeping you involved with the literary community, supporting authors, booksellers and publishers, and you can do it all from the comfort and privacy of your own home! The first Zoom event will be held on Tuesday 24 March from 6.30pm to 7pm and will be a FREE TRIAL event with Avid’s Fiona Stager and I discussing NEW AUSTRALIAN FICTION.

Please be patient with us as we navigate this new technology. If all goes well, Avid is hoping to roll out a series of similar conversations, for a small fee, that will be almost as good as being there in person. Joining the Zoom convo will be a very easy process – you’ll be sent a confirmation email with details. Book here for all information: https://avidreader.com.au/events/zoom-series-fiona-stager-with-cass-moriarty
The first FREE event will feature discussions about Mirandi Stanton‘s new release STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN University of Queensland Press, Meg Mundell’s THE TRESPASSERS University of Queensland Press, Anna Krien’s ACT OF GRACE Black Inc., Sophie Hardcastle‘s BELOW DECK Allen & Unwin Books, Wayne Marshall‘s SHIRL Affirm Press, JP Pomare‘s IN THE CLEARING Hachette Australia Books, Charlotte Wood’s THE WEEKEND Allen & Unwin Books, Lucy Treloar‘s WOLFE ISLAND Picador books, Melissa Ashley’s THE BEE and THE ORANGE TREE Affirm Press and Jessica White’s HEARING MAUD UWA Publishing. (Hopefully we can get through all those great reads in 30 mins!) We will also chat about some new books on our TBR list that we’re looking forward to reading.
I really hope you can join us for a half hour of literary chat on Tuesday night. This is one way of coming together as a community in a safe way while supporting each other and still enabling you to ‘meet’ authors and ask them questions. Again, the booking details are: https://avidreader.com.au/…/zoom-series-fiona-stager-with-c…