If you’ve never been to a book launch, add it to your ‘To Do’ list now!
In no particular order, here are our top ten reasons to go along to a book launch:
- MEETING THE TALENT. Meet the author and illustrator.
- NEW BOOKS. Buy your own copy AND READ IT while it’s hot off the press.
- BOOK SIGNINGS — get the book signed by the author or illustrator (or both!).
- INSTANT FAME! While the author or illustrator is signing your book is the perfect time to take a photo. Get in the photo too. Famous!
- THE DOOR PRIZE. Not every book launch offers a door prize, but some do! You could win stuff just by turning up.
- TALENT SPOTTING. Keep your eyes open for other authors and illustrators in the crowd. While you’re waiting to have your book signed you might even chat to one standing in the queue in front of you. More photos!
- IMPRESS YOUR TEACHER. You can impress everyone by talking about the book launch during ‘News’ in class the next day. (The new book makes a good prop, especially if you had it signed. And of course, everyone will admire photos of you with VIP authors and illustrators.)
- HANDY TIPS. The book creators will usually talk about where their ideas came from. That could be handy for your own writing or illustrating. (Plus you’ll learn what to put in a Book Launch Speech for when you are launching your own book someday.)
- MORE NEW BOOKS. Buy another copy. And another one. Ask the author or illustrator to sign it “To [your friend’s name]”. Birthday presents sorted!
- BOOK LAUNCH CAKE. Quite often there’s cake. Who doesn’t like cake?
Keen to go to your first book launch? Good news! There are book launches happening all over the country. Here are some we know are coming up soon:
BOOK LAUNCHES IN WA
WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015
Harold and Grace by Sean E. Avery. (Fremantle Press)
The book will be launched by: Meg McKinlay
When: 6pm for 6.30pm start, Wednesday 1 April 2015
Where: State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Perth
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 9430 6331
Harold and Grace is a picture book. This is a family-friendly event.
THURSDAY 7 May 2015
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books)
The book will be launched by: AJ Betts
When: 6.30 for 7pm start, Thursday 7 May 2015
Where: Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Mews Rd, Fremantle
RSVP: by 30 April to meg[AT]megmckinlay.com
Light refreshments will be served
A Single Stone is speculative fiction for ages 10+.
BOOK LAUNCHES IN SA
MONDAY 23 March 2015
Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Judy Watson. (Allen & Unwin)
The book will be launched by: Janeen Brian
When: 12.30pm, Monday 23 March 2015
Where: Brighton Library, 20 Jetty Rd, Brighton
Thunderstorm Dancing is a picture book. This is a family-friendly event.
BOOK LAUNCHES IN NSW
SATURDAY 21 March 2015
Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susan Whelan, illustrated by Gwynneth Jones. (Exisle Publishing)
When: 10.30am, Saturday 21 March 2015
Where: Family Fun Day, Newcastle Writers Festival
RSVP: 4974 5300 or email library[AT]ncc.nsw.gov.au
Don’t Think About Purple Elephants is a picture book. This is a family-friendly event.
BOOK LAUNCHES IN ACT
SUNDAY 19 APRIL 2015
This is Captain Cook by Tania McCartney, illustrated by Christina Booth (NLA Publishing)
Interactive book reading, activities, make your own captain’s hat!
When: 11am, Sunday 19 April 2015
Where: Foyer, National Library of Australia
RSVP: by booking here or 02 6262 1424
This is Captain Cook is a picture book. Suitable for preschool aged children and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.