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Podcast: The Smuggler's Curse

Red Read’s life takes an alarming turn when his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler plying his trade off the north-west coast in the closing days of the 19th century. Author Norman Jorgensen provides a sneak preview.

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Rock musician turned writer wins Ned Kelly Award in all-star line-up

Before It Breaks by Dave Warner won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction in a ceremony that took place during the Melbourne Writers Festival on Sunday 28 August. Run by the Australian Crime Writers Association, the award is this country’s oldest and most prestigious prize honouring crime writing. Warner took out the fiction category from a shortlist that included some of Australia’s best-loved crime writers.

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Want Sabrina to do the Dirty Deeds at your house?

To celebrate Fremantle Press’s 40 Year Anniversary, West Weekend magazine readers have the chance to win a home visit from Sabrina Hahn worth $1,000. She will help identify your garden’s pests and diseases, recommend how to fix them, do a soil pH test and suggest a plant palette for your garden. Then you can invite your friends over for a cup of tea and an exclusive gardening Q&A.

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Authors head east and west

Madelaine Dickie and Annabel Smith are heading to Ubud Writers Festival while Sarah Drummond and Natasha Lester will be at Brisbane Writers Festival. Here are some of the top sessions on offer.

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CEO Says

Darcy Moon has gone purple! This is the new North American cover for Catherine Carvell’s Darcy Moon and the Deep-Fried Frogs – now renamed Darcy Moon and the Aroona Frogs for American audiences. The book was published by Star Bright Books in June.

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New Western Australian book club

Westbooks and the State Library of Western Australia are joining forces to host a new book club focusing on Western Australian authors and stories. We’re excited to announce that Walpole-based author Sarah Drummond will be in Perth for the first session to discuss her latest book, The Sound.

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Going viral versus going off-grid

Moderated by writer, bookseller and blogger Emily Paull this event will feature authors Kate McCaffrey, Brendan Ritchie and Dr Deborah Hunn from Curtin University. The panel will discuss the impact of social media on young people and on their interactions with each other and the world at large.

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