Litbits September 9, 2017

Tough Guy Book Club

The Tough Guy Book Club holds Canberra meetings at the Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham. The book to read for the month is announced at each meeting.It's a modern meeting place for men to discuss not just the works of literary greats, but issues that men tackle on a daily basis. It's free. Upcoming meetings are on October 4, November 1, December 6, 2017 and February 7, 2018, all at 7pm. For more information visit facebook.com/ToughGuyBookClub.

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Australian Book Review seeks entries in the 14th Peter Porter Poetry Prize, open until December 3 and worth a total of $8500. Poems must be written in English and not exceed 75 lines. See: australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize/current-prize.

?? What's on

September 12: The 2017 Seymour Biography Lecture by author Raimond Gaita, Truth. Truthfulness. Self. Voice, will explore the big concepts that have inspired his writing. It's at 6pm in the National Library of Australia Theatre. Tickets are free and include refreshments. Bookings: nla.gov.au/event/2017-seymour-biography-lecture.

September 13: In the Fellowship Presentation Remembering the Ivan Southall Phenomenon, Dr Gabrielle Carey explores influence the Australian fiction writer Ivan Southall had on a generation of young readers, by delving through their remarkable correspondence. Tickets are free. It's at 5.15pm in the National Library of Australia Conference Room. Bookings: nla.gov.au/event/fellowship-presentation-5.

September 13: Artist Katherine Boland's memoir Hippy Days, Arabian Nights will be launched at Muse Canberra at 5.30 for 6pm. Admission free. musecanberra.com.au.

September 13: The Canberra launch of the eco-thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty is on at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

September 13: The next Poetry in the House reading at University House features Chris Wallace-Crabbe (Melbourne), Lizz Murphy (Binalong, NSW) and Paul Hetherington (Canberra) at 7.30pm in the Fellows Bar at University House. Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

September 16: As part of the 2017 Poetry on the Move Festival, the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) presents four international poets for a free reading at Gorman Arts Centre. IPSI's two poets in residence, Vahni Capildeo (Britain) and Glyn Maxwell (Britain) are joined by two contemporary Japanese poets, Keijiro Suga and Hiromi Ito celebrating the 'Boundary Crossings' theme. Free, bookings essential: agac.com.au/event/poetry-on-the-move-festival-poetry-reading-border-crossings/.

September. 19: At 6.30pm in the China in the World Auditorium, ANU, Benjamin Law and Professor Mary Lou Rassmussen will be in conversation on Law's new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Free event.

September 20: At 6pm in the Conference Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Stuart Kells will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Kells's new book The Library, which covers great libraries of the world and how they are portrayed in fiction. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 20: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, Kim Scott brings his latest novel Taboo, based on a massacre in WA Noongar country, to town, in conversation with Phillip Hall. musecanberra.com.au.

September 24: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, Chris Womersley will discuss his novel City of Crows, set in 1670s France. $12 includes a drink. musecanberra.com.au.

September 27: International Treasures by Dorothy Hart, illustrated by Isla Patterson, about Canberra's embassies will be launched by Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffrey in the National Library of Australia Conference Room at 6pm, admission free. Bookings: nla.gov.au/bookings.

September 28: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, join the editor and two contributors of Mad Hatters and March Hares: New stories of Alice in Wonderland. musecanberra.com.au.

October 6:The 2017 BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam is on at 7pm in the Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets $5 concession | $10 full: eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-national-poetry-slam-act-finals-tickets-37294688417.

October 9, 6.30pm canape and drinks, before 7.30pm two-course dinner. The Hall, University House. Meet the Chef dinner with Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins in conversation with Alex Sloan about Beer's new book Maggie's Recipes for Life, co-authored with Alzheimer's researcher, Professor Ralph Martins. $95 per person. Bookings: 6125 5211 or unihouse.anu.edu.au. Book signings after the dinner.

October 11: At 7pm in The Hall, University House, ANU, at Eat Drink and Be Political, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Evans' s new book, Incorrigible Optimist. A Political Memoir. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Tickets $70 are per person and include a two-course meal, a glass of House wine, tea and coffee..Pre-book signings at 6.15pm.

October 13: At a dinner at Muse, East Hotel, Kingston at 6.30pm, Professor Frank Bongiorno will talk about meritocracy and opportunity and how birth and luck play an outsized role in our lives. Opportunity, merit and Australian democracy.Dinner $90 a head or Festival of Ideas Ticket: October 13-14 Dinner and Day of Ideas $110 (members) $120 (non-members). Booking: trybooking.com/RPOU

Friday, October 27, 6pm. Llewellyn Hall, School of Music ANU. Kevin Rudd in conversation with Stan Grant on the former prime minister's new book, Not for the Faint Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957 - 2007. Event chaired by ANU's Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 7pm. Free event.

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The story Litbits September 9, 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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