September 25: A Brush with Poetry, featuring singer-songwriter Snez, as well as contemporary and traditional voices, at Binalong Arts Group's free open mic soirée. Café on Queen, 15 Queen St, Binalong, 1.30pm for 2pm. Info and bookings: [email protected] or 0401 289 178. All welcome.
September 26: At 7pm in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Andrew Leigh will be in conversation with Tim Gavel on Leigh's new essay, Fair Game. Lessons from Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy. T2 Kambri Cultural Centre ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
September 27: At the National Library of Australia foyer is School Holiday Storytime: celebrating 50 years of NLA Publishing, at 11am with an hour of storytime and activities. Other dates are September 29, October 4 and October 6, all at 11am. Free but bookings essential. See: nla.gov.au.
September 28: At 6pm in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Brett Mason will be in conversation with ANU vice chancellor Brian Schmidt on Mason's new book, Wizards of Oz: How Oliphant and Florey helped win the war and shape the modern world. Manning Clark Auditorium, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
September 28: At 6pm, Ozlit Book Club at Muse will be looking at Sulari Gentill's new mystery, The Woman in the Library. See: musecanberra.com.au.
September 29: At 12.30pm at Woden Library, Helen Topor will be in conversation with Dr Katarzyna Williams of ANU's Centre for European Studies on Topor's new memoir, Neither King Nor Saint, an exploration of her family's delayed integration into Australian society.
October 5: At 6pm in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Clive Hamilton will be in conversation with Ben Oquist on Hamilton's memoir, Provocateur. A Life of Ideas and Actions, reflecting on why climate change matters, how we understand ourselves as Australians, and the dangers of the new authoritarianism. T2 Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
October 10: At 6pm, in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Craig Silvey will be in conversation with Irma Gold on Silvey's new novel, Runt, a heart-warming and funny story for readers of all ages from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones. Cinema, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
October 13: At 6pm, in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Shaun Micallef will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on his new book Tripping Over Myself: A Memoir of a Life in Comedy. Manning Clark Auditorium, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
October 17: At 6pm, in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Simon Holmes à Court will be in conversation with Virginia Haussegger on The Big Teal, documenting how Climate 200 harnessed community, climate action and politics to play a major role in shaking up Australia's political order. Manning Clark Auditorium, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
October 20: Marion Halligan, author of the memoir Words for Lucy, will be in conversation with Alex Sloan in the National Library Theatre at 6pm (live streamed via Zoom). Price: $15 Friends members; $20 non-Friends members; $15 Zoom livestream ticket. See: nla.gov.au.
Tuesdays: At 11am each Tuesday, The Book Cow in Green Square offers stories, games and activities designed for babies and toddlers up to five years of age. More information: bookcow.com.au.
The Canberra chapter of the Tough Guy Book Club meets at King O'Malley's, 131 City Walk, Canberra, from 7pm to 9.30pm. Future dates are October 5, November 2 and December 7. President of the Canberra chapter is Adam Bartlett, phone 0468 942 182. See: toughguybookclub.com.
The Creative Thought and Reflection Literary Award celebrates the creativity, ideas and literary expression of the children in the Canberra region. The competition is extended to all school-age children within Canberra and surrounding region, offering them the chance to be published in the annual Orana Anthology of Creative Thought. This year's theme is the same as the CBCA Book Week theme: Dreaming With Eyes Open. The competition will run until November 1. See: ctrla.oranaschool.com.
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