Avid Reader Bookshop Sunday Best Bookclub

Bookclubs and authors unite at Avid Reader's Sunday Best Bookclub. This is a bookclub for people who are already in a bookclub, people who have always wanted to join a bookclub, or for people who would like to meet and talk with some of Australia's finest writers.

This month meet author Sally Piper and speak with her about her latest novel The Geography of Friendship.

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End, QLD

Bookings for the event can be made on the Avid Reader Events page of their website.

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Seminar: Networking for Authors

Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but there is much to be said for having a strong network around you. This Queensland Writers Centre seminar covers building relationships with your peers and connecting with various writing groups, communities and organisations.

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Address: Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside QLD

This is a free seminar but to register your attendance, please contact Chermside Library on 03 3403 7200.

Bookchat at Books@Stones

Sally will be in-conversation with Cass Moriarty (The Promise Seed, Parting Words) about The Geography of Friendship at Books@Stones.

Date: Thursday 9 August 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Address: 360 Logan Road, Stones Corner, QLD 4120

This is a free event but bookings are essential. Please RSVP to the store on 07 3394 4949.

In-conversation: Better Read Than Dead Bookstore

Sally will be in-conversation with Emily Maguire (An Isolated Incident) about her novel The Geography of Friendship at Better Read Than Dead Bookstore.

Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead Bookstore

Address: 265 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042

It is a free event but to reserve your place please book through the Better Read events page or phone 02 9557 8700.

UQP sells 'The Geography of Friendship' to UK

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK and Irish rights to Sally Piper's The Geography of Friendship and 2014 debut novel Grace's Table to Legend Press, in a two-book deal.

Legend Press commissioning editor Lauren Parsons acquired both novels direct from UQP. Both will be published in the UK market in 2019.

'Sally's writing is masterful. Her characters unravel spectacularly. We can't wait for readers here to experience Sally's work,' Parsons told Books+Publishing.

UQP publishing director and acting-CEO Madonna Duffy said she is 'delighted' to see Piper's work recognised in the British market and 'thrilled that Legend Press have committed to her writing through a two-book deal.'

'To have Australian-based books published on home ground is exciting enough, but to have UK publisher Legend Press tell me they can't wait to share them with readers there took that excitement to a whole new level,' Piper told Books+Publishing. 'With every Australian title sold into another territory, the growing appeal and reach of Australian stories - our stories - is confirmed, which is a win for all Australian writers and our publishing industry.'

- Rights and Acquisitions News, Books+Publishing, 4 July 2018

Book launch: The Geography of Friendship

Join Kristina Olsson (Boy, Lost) who will launch Sally Piper's second novel The Geography of Friendship (UQP) at Avid Reader Bookshop.

When three young women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone and the freedom they feel quickly turns to fear. Only when it is too late for them to turn back do they fully appreciate the danger they are in. As their friendship is tested, each girl makes an irrevocable choice; the legacy of which haunts them for years to come.

Now in their forties, Samantha, Lisa and Nicole are estranged, but decide to revisit their original hike in an attempt to salvage what they lost. As geography and history collide, they are forced to come to terms with the differences that have grown between them and the true value of friendship.

Date: Friday 6 July 2018

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End, QLD 4101

This is a free event but you will need to register your attendance here.