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Book launches in WA, VIC, QLD, and NSW

It’s time for some spring book launches — here are a few to get the season started:


My Dead Bunny

This is a hilarious rhyming tale about a zombie bunny who comes back to visit his owner. Sketches and illustrations will be exhibited at the WA launch and The Dead Bunny will also be in attendance at all three launches.

WA Launch

When: 6pm for 6.30pm start, Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Where: The Place”, Mezzanine Level, State Library of WA.

RSVP essential: email James Foley.

VIC Launch

When: 12–3pm, 10 October 2015.

Where: Federation Square Markets (Books Illustrated Stall), VIC

NSW Launch

When: 3.30pm–3.55pm, 27 September 2015.

Where: Illustration Annex at Writers in the Park Festival (Free entry!) at Centennial Park, Sydney.

Includes ‘illustrators duel’ with three illustrators.


Forest Wonder

Forest Wonder is a rhyming picture book for 0 to 6 year olds and celebrates nature, magic and imagination. Come along for a storytime session and meet the author and illustrator.

When: 10.30am, Wednesday 9 September 2015.

Where: Snowprint Bookshop, Shop 6–8, 141 Snowy River Ave, Jindabyne NSW.


Meet Sidney Nolan

Come along to the launch of picture book Meet Sidney Nolan. There will be kids’ craft and art activities, too.

When: 10am, Sunday 4 October 2015.

Where: The Mad Hatters Bookshop, Shop 3, 7 Day Markets, 50 Cambridge Pde, Manly Harbour Village, QLD.

RSVP: (07) 33935130

Why go to a book launch? Here are ten reasons why you should!

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More book launches! (August 2015)

‘Tis the season for book launches (and we do love a book launch!). Check these out if you live in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, or Queensland …


My name is Lizzie Flynn — A Story of the Rajah Quilt by Claire Saxby and Lizzy Newcomb

My Name is Lizzie Flynn (cover)

Come along to the launch of My Name is Lizzie Flynn — A Story of the Rajah Quilt.

When: 6.30pm until 8pm, Wednesday 19 August 2015.

Where: The Gallery, Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, Victoria.

RSVP: Bookings by phoning 1300 HOB LIB



Bob the Railway Dog by Corrine Fenton and Andrew McLean.

Bob the railway dog (cover)

Come along to the SA launch of Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton and Andrew McLean.

When: 2pm, Sunday 23 August 2015.

Where: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson St, Port Adelaide, SA.

RSVP for catering: corinneking



Underneath a Cow by Carol Ann Martin and Ben Wood.

Underneath a Cow (cover)

Come along to the launch of Underneath a Cow by Carol Ann Martin and Ben Wood — afternoon tea, storytelling, craft, music. Children especially welcome!

When: 2pm Sunday 23 August 2015.

Where: The Southern Swan, 12 Mary St, Cygnet, Tasmania.

RSVP: no need to RSVP, just go along!



Fearless with Dad by Cori Brooke and Giuseppe Poli

Fearless with Dad (cover)

Come along to the launch of Fearless with Dad by Cori Brooke and Giuseppe Poli.

When: 2pm, Saturday 29 August 2015.

Where: Where the Wild Things Are, 191 Boundary St, West End, QLD.

RSVP: events

Why go to a book launch? Here are ten reasons why you should!

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Book launches: August 2015 VIC and WA

Two more book launches — if you live in Victoria or WA, mark these dates on your calendar!



Come along to the launch of Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton and illustrated by Andrew McLean. This picture book tells a heart-warming true Australian story. This is a well-known legend in SA and a statue of Bob can be seen in the Adelaide Station.

Bob the railway dog (cover)

When: 11am, Saturday 1 August 2015

Where: The Railfan Shop, 4 Churchill St, Mont Albert, VIC (opp. Mont Albert Railway Station)

RSVP: by 29 July 2015 to corinneking[at]



Sister heart (cover)

Come along to the launch of Sally Morgan’s new book Sister Heart, to be launched by Ambelin Kwaymullina. Sister Heart is a verse novel aimed at 10 to 15 year olds.

‘ [a] personal and approachable conversation-starter about the Stolen Generations for mature young readers.’
— Bookseller + Publisher.

When: 6pm, Wednesday 6 August 2015

Where: New Edition Bookshop, 41 High St, Fremantle WA (cnr Henry St)

RSVP: Entry is free but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting admin[at] or 9430 6331. Only those who RSVP will be allowed entry on the night.

New Edition has pledged to donate a percentage of all books sold at the launch of Sister Heart to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.


Why go to a book launch? Here are ten reasons why you should!

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Book Launches July 2015 (VIC)

Here are two book launches in Victoria! (If you’re in WA or QLD, we’ve posted about upcoming book launches here and here.)

(Mr Huff cover)Come along to the launch of Mr Huff, and check out an exhibition of original artworks by the author-illustrator Anna Walker.

When: 6pm, Thursday 9 July 2015.

Where: No Vacancy Project Space, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne.

(The exhibition runs until 26 July 2015.)


Book Launch, July 12 2015 at Ballarat Books, 15 Armstrong St North, Ballarat,2pm, RSVP phone 53333222

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June 2015 book launches

Lulu (cover)


Come along to the launch of a new picture book. There will be polar bear craft for the kids, a reading of Lulu and lots of scrumptious treats for everyone.

When: Saturday 13 June at 11am.

Where: Sutherland Library, 30–36 Belmont Street, Sutherland, NSW

This is a free event but bookings are essential. To book, or for more info, visit the Sutherland Shire Council site.

Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Saving Saturn (cover)


Celebrate the launch of Jake in Space: Saving Saturn, part of the sci-fi adventure series for 7+.

When: Sunday 28 June, 10.30am.

Where: Where the Wild Things Are, 191 Boundary St, West End, QLD.

RSVP: events[at]

Find out more about the book at the Jake in Space website.

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Top ten reasons to attend a book launch

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:

  1. MEETING THE TALENT. Meet the author and illustrator.
  2. NEW BOOKS. Buy your own copy AND READ IT while it’s hot off the press.
  3. BOOK SIGNINGS — get the book signed by the author or illustrator (or both!).
  4. 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!
  5. THE DOOR PRIZE. Not every book launch offers a door prize, but some do! You could win stuff just by turning up.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.)
  9. 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!
  10. 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. Check out the BOOKISH EVENTS tab on our blog for news of upcoming book launches near you.