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 Species. Ghost 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, Wrack, The 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 had a chat with Jenn Martin from City of Sydney Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association on Wednesday 14 October, 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 Age.  Scrublands, 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.


Garth Nix will be in conversation with Yasmin Greenhalgh from Stanton Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association on Tuesday 3 November from 6.30pm. Bookings are essential online.

From the bestselling author of Angel Mage, this new fantasy adventure set in 1980s London follows one girl’s quest to find her father, leading her to a secret society of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World when it disastrously intrudes into the modern world.

Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. More than six million copies of Garth’s books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller and others, and his work has been translated into 42 languages. He has won multiple Aurealis Awards, the Ditmar Award, the Mythopoeic Award, CBCA Honour Book, and has been shortlisted for the Locus Awards, the Shirley Jackson Award and others.


Join Councillor Colleen Symington and author Jess Hill as they discuss Jess’ book, See What You Made Me Do, winner of the 2020 Stella Prize, on Thursday 12 November from 6.30pm. Bookings are essential online.

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: Why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today. Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do radically rethinks how to confront the national crisis of fear and abuse in our homes.

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed in Foreign Policy’s top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards.


Craig Reucassel will present his new book Fight for Planet A on Monday 16 November, 6.30pm, with the support of the NSW Public Libraries Association. Bookings are essential online.

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. Featuring a few shocking statistics to make you sit up and take notice, plus many more pro-active tips and strategies for everyday Australians who want to make a difference.

Craig Reucassel is an Australian writer, comedian and broadcaster who is best known for his work with The Chaser and for going through your bins on The War on Waste. Craig and a group of friends founded The Chaser newspaper, which led to a number of ABC TV Chaser programs including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel, and the satirical consumer affairs show The Checkout. Craig also hosted the two influential series of The War on Waste on ABC TV.


Sir Peter Cosgrove will be in conversation with Richard Glover with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association, on Monday 30 November from 7.00pm. Bookings are essential online.

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) 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. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry. In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia’s Governor-General until he retired in July 2019.

You Shouldn’t Have Joined is the story of Cosgrove’s extraordinarily full and eventful life. It is also the story of those who have shared it with him, in particular his wife Lynne.