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From the 15th – 18th of November, several of our authors will be appearing at the Stonnington Literary Festival. The event will be launched by Shane Maloney on the 15th, Sofie Laguna, Gabrielle Williams and Paddy O’Reilly will share some of their stories in a special storytime for adults, and Toni Jordan and Fiona Wood will join Meme McDonald in a lively discussion on the inspirations and personal stories behind their work.
Lisa Hill, a local blogger who will be hosting the session, recentlyreviewed Love Like Water, giving it a solid dose of blog love.
*The dialogue is sharp and realistic, as conversations bounce around in witty exchanges full of slang and references to popular culture. But there are also vivid word-pictures of the town and the outback to contrast the lives of the haves and the have-nots in this arid landscape.
Love Like Water is a terrific book. It was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers in 2008, (definitely YA, there are sensual love scenes) and was Highly Commended for the Christina Stead Award in 2007.*
Hill’s review is one of many out there, all posted by readers who love Meme’s sharp, thoughtful narrative and who can see not only the literary importance of the book, but who know a good book when they see one.
To find out how you can see one of these fantastic speakers in action, check out the festival program here.