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This week, Book Outers Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes released their much-anticipated ‘A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017’!

This fantastic book profiles some of the amazing players taking part in the AFL Women’s very first season, including Daisy Pearce, Darcy Vescio, Kara Juddy Donnellan, and Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

For even more women’s footy goodness, listen to The Outer Sanctum Podcast too – season 2 has just kicked off!


Now that we have burned through our summer reading lists (well almost, anyway…) here’s some inspiration for your autumnal must-reads!

Readings have compiled this handy list of Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2017, featuring a swag of Booked Outers including Davina Bell, Nicole Hayes, Lia Hills, Tristan Bancks Author, Alex Miles, and Felice Arena!

Click here to view.

Finally, the date is approaching us! Demet Divaroren’s long awaited debut novel, Living on Hope Street, will be on the shelves in June. Read more about the story set in the multicultural outskirts of Melbourne on her website:


The wonderful Oliver Phommavanh on getting kids excited about reading – watch the clip below!

Australian students falling behind

A massive congratulations to our speaker Randa Abdel-Fattah for winning the Writing for Young Adults Award and the People’s Choice award for her book When Michael Met Mina.

You can see the full list of winners on the Readings website through the link below…


30 January 2017
Back to the classroom…


‘Remember what it’s like being at primary school? The readers you got to take home to help you practice? The books you read together as a class?’

Our author George Ivanoff ponders the books that propel us through school and how writing for a younger audience is both an exciting and educational experience.

Check out his article for Writers Victoria below!

This week many schools are kicking off the school year, so welcome back! We are excited to be working with our favourite and new clients in this exciting first term. Our Booked Out office is already in full swing and we are locking in lots of bookings for the year ahead.

How is your 2017 looking? Why not give us a call on 9824 0177 or send us an email at so we can help fill your calendar.

In the meantime, check out the shortlist for The Indie Book Awards 2017:
There are some brilliant books in here for you to check out! A big congratulations to our speakers Cath Crowley, Mark Smith, Clementine Ford and Andy Griffiths for making the cut.

So here’s to it! Happy New School Year!


After a refreshing summer break, the Booked Out Team are back and raring to go!

We can’t wait to send our wonderful authors, illustrators, artists and experts your way in 2017.

Here’s to an amazing year – we look forward to working with you!

– Lauris, Hannah, Angela, Erinna, Nina and Natalie

Image credit: CouponFedFamily

There comes at time when we all need to sit back and take a break. And from Friday 16th of December, the team at Booked Out will be doing just that. We are going to be catching up on our reading lists, and relaxing in the sun for a little while.

But don’t panic! We will be open again soon, on Monday 16 January, 2017.

If you would like to register your 2017 speaker wishlist, please feel free to email us at and we will attend to your email in the new year.

Until then, adios, and best wishes from the team at Booked Out


Tony Wilson’s The Cow Tripped Over the Moon was one of 2016’s best seller’s, now it has been nominated as the book Australia will collectively devour in the 2017 National Simultaneous Story Time!

An annual incentive to encourage children and young adults to immerse themselves in the joy of reading, the event is celebrating its 17th year. On the 24th of May 2017 over 500 000 children will be reading the book. The Cow Tripped Over the Moon was dedicated to Tony’s third child, Jack, who lives with cerebral palsy.

A very well deserved achievement, Congratulations Tony, what an important event! Find out how to get on board with the National Simultaneous Story Time here.