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CEO Jane Fraser on Kim Scott's literary contribution to Western Australia, which saw him being inducted into the Western Australian Writers Hall of Fame last Friday evening

Hello and welcome to August.

What a month it’s been! Congratulations to our Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards winners and shortlisted authors: Fiona Burrows, Amanda Curtin, Rafeif Ismail, Kathryn Lefroy, Caitlin Maling, Meg McKinlay, Helen Milroy, Holden Sheppard and Ellen van Neerven. We are so proud of you all.

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How do you face Father's Day without your dad? Jon Doust, author of the One Boy’s Journey to Man series, tells a story about his father, Stanley, and the gifts Stan left his sons

I met a bloke last week who said his father died 20 years ago and he had never got over it. My father died in 2002 and I can still hear him telling me how to remove the ceiling fan in the bathroom. I’d done it a couple of times before and I was over 50 years old, but that didn’t make any difference. As far as he was concerned I was still ‘bloody hopeless’.

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Catch up with Holden Sheppard, Rebecca Higgie and Katie Stewart at these upcoming events or get in contact with us to organise your own author event!

Authors are now out and about visiting schools for workshops and talks. Interested in Elaine Forrestal popping in to speak about gold prospecting and her new book Goldfields Girl?, creating art with Katie Stewart for What Colour is the Sea?, listening to Yuot A. Alaak speak about his experience as a child soldier for Father of the Lost Boys or receive a visit from Shirley Marr to talk about old Chinese legends for Little Jiang? Contact us today about booking a visit with a Fremantle Press author or join us for one of the events outlined below.

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Brendan Ritchie, author of Carousel and Beyond Carousel, talks dystopian futures and Beyond the Dark, an upcoming collection for teachers and students

We were lucky to chat with dystopian aficionado Brendan Ritchie about his chapter in the newly released book Beyond the Dark: Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom (edited by Patricia Dowsett, Ellen Rees and Alex Wharton, and published by the Australian Association for the Teaching of English). Brendan is well positioned to discuss dystopian fiction, with his Gold Inky Award longlisted debut novel, Carousel, exploring a dystopian Perth. The sequel, Beyond Carousel, continues to explore a post-apocalyptic world while raising pertinent questions about our own reality.

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Belle Alderman of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL) introduces us to the new free database of children’s books by and about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

When you want to find books by and about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples for your classroom or library, which resources do you turn to? The NCACL has just launched a new database, which they hope will be invaluable to teachers in their search for the most appropriate materials to share with their students.

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From same-sex romance in YA novels to First Nations stories, literary salons, virtual book clubs and movie nights, these upcoming author gigs with Dave Warner, Holden Sheppard, Norman Jorgensen, Stephen Kinnane and Yuot A. Alaak are sure to tickle your fancy, so pop these dates in your diary and set a reminder

Holden Sheppard will be part of a virtual Belmont Book Club meeting where he will discuss his early work, his award-winning debut novel, Invisible Boys, and what he has planned for the future. Free to attend, the event will be held on Zoom and you can register here.

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