Posts Tagged ‘Isobelle Carmody’

IMG_0737A third novel is a bit like a third pregnancy –  knowing what’s ahead doesn’t make it any easier – and as the months drag by, you just want to get it out!

Well,  Intruder is well and truly out now, launched last night by the legendary Isobelle Carmody to an enthusiastic home-town crowd at Riverbend Books.

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It was so lovely to be back at Riverbend, the site of my first book launch almost five years ago.

Owner Suzy Wilson pointed out where a slim volume titled Dust has been immortised on Riverbend’s marvellous book wall, sandwiched between Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Nick Earls’ The True Story of Butterfish. 

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Suzy was in her usual fine form – despite sitting up till 3.30 in the morning reading Intruder (she said she couldn’t put it down which is what every writer wants to hear).

And it just got better from there. I’m still reeling from Isobelle’s generosity in taking time out from a schedule that would overwhelm any lesser being and for making the night unforgettable.

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So…Bouquets to Isobelle for  her warm and generous comments, to my lovely agent Leonie Tyle from Tyle&Bateson Publishing for championing my books, to my hubba hubby for shouting the bar, and to my friends, my posse, my blood for supporting me, last night and always.

Oh, and brickbats to the prowler who broke into our house five years ago – finally I get my revenge!Chris Bongers and Isobelle Carmody

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So excited to have international best-selling author Isobelle Carmody launching my new novel Intruder on 31 May.

Prague’s loss is Brisbane’s gain, so we’re going to launch this Queensland-style, on the deck at Riverbend Books, Bulimba.

If you’re in the mood to welcome into the world a ‘gripping new coming of age story’ (thank you Random House, I never know how to describe my books in six words or less) please come celebrate with the pair of us.

It’s a free event, but there will be wine, so please rsvp to events@riverbendbooks.com.au or ph: 07 3899 8555

Love to see you there. 🙂

The third Friday in August is a red-letter day for every Aussie kids’ writer.

It is the day the Children’s Book Council of Australia announces its Book of the Year Awards across five categories covering toddlers to teens.

The CBCA awards are arguably the most prestigious children’s literature awards in this country. School libraries snap up its shortlisted titles. International networks promoting and celebrating literature for children and young adults bring the books to international attention.  Authors, like me, are honoured to even make the shortlist.

I’m happy to see some of my favourite books and authors honoured this year, so with no further ado, the winners are…

Book of the Year for Older Readers – The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett. Honour books are Cath Crowley’s Graffit Moon and The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod.

Book of the Year for Younger Readers is The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody. Honour books are Michael Gerard Bauer’s Just a Dog and Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford.

For a full list of all the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, click here. And congratulations to all winners, honour books and others who made the shortlist. The world of books is richer for your presence. 🙂