Online Author Talks

Georges River Libraries in collaboration with NSW Public Libraries is running a series of online author talks. Sit back, relax and enjoy these recorded sessions with some of Australia’s much loved authors.


In August Amy Heap, from Riverina Libraries, was in conversation with James Bradley, author of Ghost SpeciesGhost species is an exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma. When scientist Kate Larkin joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, she becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals.

James Bradley is the author of five novels for adults, WrackThe Deep Field, The Resurrectionist, Clade and Ghost Species. His books have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian and international literary awards and have been widely translated.


In September Melanie Mutch, from Hornsby Shire Libraries, chatted with Belinda Alexandra, author of The Mystery Woman. Described as a modern gothic Australian romance, The Mystery Woman centres around a woman named Rebecca Wood who arrives in a small town on the coast of New South Wales, hoping to escape the threat of a scandal in Sydney.

On its surface, Shipwreck Bay appears idyllic, but Rebecca soon learns that it is hiding a few scandals of its own, and despite her best efforts she becomes ensnared in them.

Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Hungary and the United States. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. She is the author of the bestselling novels Sapphire Skies, Silver Wattle, Wild Lavender, Tuscan Rose and White Gardenia to name a few.


In October Monica McInerney was in conversation with Monique Akauola from Sutherland Shire Libraries. Her new novel The Godmothers is a great big hug of a book about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for ItUpside Down Inside OutSpin the BottleThe Alphabet SistersFamily BaggageThose Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola’s Secret, The House of Memories, Hello from the Gillespies, The Trip of a Lifetime and The Godmothers, and a short story collection, All Together Now.


Chris Hammer was conversation with Jenn Martin from City of Sydney Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association on Wednesday 14 October from 6.30pm – 7.30pm, to discuss his latest book Trust, which is the third book in the Martin Scarsden series.

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The AgeScrublands, his first novel, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards among other awards. His second novel, Silver, was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the 2020 ABA Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Award, and longlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award.


Most Australians accept that climate change is real, but many don’t know what to do about it and feel powerless to make a difference. In Fight for Planet A, the book of the ABC series of the same name, Craig Reucassel shows that it isn’t as scary as we think, and we can make a difference to help protect the world for future generations.

The Chaser comedian and presenter of War on Waste sets out solutions and practical day-to-day changes we can make to reduce our carbon footprint, as well changes our governments need to make without further delay.


General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia’s most significant public figures. As a soldier, he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia’s Governor General.

You Shouldn’t Have Joined… is the memoir of Cosgrove’s extraordinarily full and eventful life, covering some of his military life, whilst also allowing us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia’s Governor General. Every step of his journey has been accompanied by his wife Lynne – who is very much part of his story.

This event is presented in conversation with Richard Glover, author of Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home, a heartfelt and hilarious book for anyone who has tried to imagine what their dog was thinking.