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We were devastated to learn yesterday that Steph Bowe has passed away. ⁣

Steph was a wonderful author and speaker (Night Swimming, Girl Saves Boy, All This Could End) who inspired hundreds of students and young adult readers over the years. This is a terrible loss to the YA community, and our thoughts are with Steph’s loved ones during this difficult time.

New speaker alert: the legendary Jared Thomas! ⁣

A Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges, Jared works as a museum curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Cultural Material.⁣

With multiple YA and childrens’ titles under his belt (Calypso Summer, Songs That Sound Like Blood, Game Day series with Patty Mills), Jared’s books often center on the stories, histories and aspirations of Aboriginal people and communities.⁣

Themes of gender, sexuality, the environment and marginalisation are also explored in Jared’s work, under the wider topics of belonging and culture.⁣

Get on the phone to your friends and teachers in Adelaide – Jared is now available for Book Week and beyond!

Over the break, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the amazing #authorsforfireys campaign, launched by Nova Weetman and Emily Gale which has since raised hundreds of thousands for fire relief. ⁣

As #authorsforfireys is now over, we want to draw attention to the CBCA and GIVIT fundraiser to Buy a Book for children and adults affected by the bushfire crisis.⁣

100% of the money donated to #booksforbushfires will go to buying books from local independent booksellers, to be distributed among schools, libraries, evacuation centres and others supporting those in need.⁣

To donate, you can do so via:

Hi all! Booked Out are back for 2020!

We do hope that everyone has had a safe and happy holiday break. We’ve certainly had a busy summer holiday, filled with lots of reading, reading, reading and well… more reading!

This year looks set to be one of our biggest and busiest yet. To get in early to make a booking, please contact us via phone (03 9824 0177) or email (

As always, we wish everyone a fantastic start to 2020, and a wonderful year ahead. We look forward to hearing from you!

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too…!

The Christmas season is finally upon us, and we are excitedly starting to wrap up for the annual holiday break.

Booked Out will close on the 19th of December and reopen on the 13th of January 2020.

For those with bookings on the go, we will be delighted to assist you until Thursday this week, and be back on deck in mid-January in the new year. To catch booking coordinators, you can call Booked Out on 03 9824 0177 to get your final questions in!

Booked Out wish you a very relaxing and safe holiday break, full of good food, good company, and good thoughts of all the authors and illustrators visiting you in the year ahead!

Christmas gremlins have started celebrating Christmas early!

Wrecking havoc in our systems, unfortunately we are currently experiencing some technical issues with our internet today. While we are working hard to bring all of our systems back online, at this stage we are sadly delayed in accessing our emails and database.

If you have an urgent query, we are very happy to speak to you over the phone. Please call (03) 9824 0177 and ask for your booking coordinator and we will be available to give you an update on your booking or enquiry. Thank you for your understanding.

2 December 2019
New release from Bri Lee: Beauty


Last week we caught Bri Lee in conversation with Nkechi Anele to discuss her newest release, Beauty. ⁣

Exploring our obsession with thinness, Bri asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical ‘perfection’ has become crucial to so many. A gripping and intelligent follow up to Eggshell Skull, Beauty is powerful, honest, thought-provoking and already making the rounds at Booked Out.


Sue deGennaro’s picture book Missing Marvin (Scholastic) has won this year’s Children’s Peace Literature Award!⁣

Convener of the judging panel Kate Prescott described Missing Marvin as a funny and gentle picture book showing how to address bullying and conflict in a peaceful way.⁣

Annually presented to a book that ‘encourages the peaceful resolution of conflict’ and ‘promotes peace at the global, local or interpersonal level’, Missing Marvin teaches children to learn how to tackle their problems in an accessible and engaging way.⁣

We are over the moon for Sue – congratulations! 🦌🌻

We can’t wait for Stonnington Libraries annual literary festival this weekend! Each year we are delighted to assist with multiple speakers for the festival.

We’re particularly excited to see Maria Tumarkin and Dmetri Kakmi in conversation about Axiomatic, Mark Brandi and Christian White in conversation about The Second Novel, John Marsden about the Art of Growing Up, and Alice Pung, Demet Divaroren and Nyadol Nyuon in a lively discussion about Growing Up in Australia.

Visit to book. Get in quick – places are limited 🌟

11 November 2019
Remembrance Day


On Remembrance Day, we always turn to The Poppy by Andrew Plant, a beautiful picture book which is a true story of of remembrance and commemoration. Inspired by 2 years of research, The Poppy is an uplifting story dedicated to the memory of our Diggers.