Fremantle Press and the City of Melville are pleased to announce a new community partnership to host the Great Big Book Club Tea Party on Sunday, 21 October.
Nine Western Australian authors will celebrate the launch of seven new books as well as the reopening of the newly refurbished AH Bracks Library. The ingredients of the event are simple: a delicious tea party, some fabulous authors and the benefits of new bonds and fresh connections that will extend far beyond this afternoon of sharing.
Literary Ambassador Liz Byrski said Melville is the perfect place to host the Great Big Book Club Tea Party due to its friendly and cultural atmosphere.
‘Melville is pretty special in terms of its friendliness,’ said Byrski. ‘I know there are lots of book clubs around here and it feels like a good place to be. I’m honoured to be a literary ambassador for the event and for my city.’
Fremantle Press marketing and communications manager Claire Miller said Melville was a great home for the event.
‘The City has a vibrant author population that includes bestselling writers such as Liz Byrski and Sally Morgan,’ said Miller.
‘We all want to create opportunities for community members to find or form new reading groups and to participate in local programs focusing on the literary arts.’
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the Great Big Book Club Tea Party aimed to bring members of the greater Melville community together through a shared love of stories.
‘New residents will have the opportunity to connect with Western Australian culture by reading books with local content, and by meeting the authors who wrote them,’ said Mayor Aubrey.
‘The occasion also invites budding writers and enthusiastic readers to meet with, celebrate and appreciate some wonderful authors who are living and writing in their local area.’
The Great Big Book Club Tea Party will feature authors Liz Byrski, Carrie Cox, Steve Hawke, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Susan Midalia, Jodie Moffat, Brendan Ritchie, Tracy Ryan and David Whish-Wilson. Hosted by actor and journalist Sarah McNeill, there will be readings and Q&As with local novelists and a panel highlighting diversity in literature.
Tickets will go on sale soon. To register your interest in attending, visit Eventbrite. The Great Big Book Club Tea Party is proudly sponsored by the City of Melville, Fremantle Press and Good Reading Magazine.