International Crime Writer headlines Celebration of Books

International Crime Writer Michael Robotham will be talking to ABC Radio National Presenter  Kate Evans in Maleny at the Celebration of Books -  image Image Tony Mott

International Crime Writer Michael Robotham will be talking to ABC Radio National Presenter Kate Evans in Maleny at the Celebration of Books – image Image Tony Mott

Internationally acclaimed crime writer, Michael Robotham, is the special guest at Maleny’s Celebration of Books festival – this year taking place from July 14 to 16.

Popular ABC Radio National literary commentator, Kate Evans, will take part in events and lead author discussions throughout the festival.

“Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to attract award-winning authors, literary commentators and to showcase work by local authors and artists,” said Claire Booth, a member of the festival’s coordinating team.

“Maleny has a well-earned reputation as a town of books. Our festival will celebrate books and writing in all its forms,” she said.

An international best-selling author, Michael Robotham’s crime books have been translated into 23 languages and published in 50 countries.

He has beaten Stephen King and J.K. Rowling to take home Britain’s coveted Gold Dagger crime-writing award.

Michael’s most recent book, The Secrets She Keeps, will be released on  July 11 – just days before he appears at the Maleny festival.

Kate Evans will lead a lively discussion with Michael at Sunday Morning Talking Writing, starting at 10am on Sunday July 15.

Acclaimed Australian author Melissa Ashley, whose debut novel The Birdman’s Wife was recently announced winner of the 2017 Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and exciting new author Roanna Gonsalves will join Michael in the panel discussion.

Kate Evans will help celebrate the festival’s opening on Friday July 14 when she interviews local award-winning author Steven Lang as his new novel, Hinterland, is launched during the literary event, Outpsoken.

The Big Book Club returns on Saturday July 15, when avid readers will gather in the Maleny RSL Hall at 2pm to discuss the hauntingly rich and beautiful novel, LaRose by acclaimed American author Louise Erdrich.

“This year our group is delighted to introduce a new event – Poetry on the Precinct”, Ms Booth said. Local poets, Angela Gardner, Robyn Nugent, Margi Cronin, Vivi Cronin and Elsie Brimblecombe will perform their work at the beautiful Maleny Community Precinct (near the Light Horse Museum) starting at 10.30am on Saturday July 15.

The festival program also includes workshops, a visit by children’s author Natalie Jane Prior, film screenings and exhibitions.

Celebration of Books Maleny is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council grants program, Unity Water, Rotary and Apex.

For more information about festival events and to book tickets, go to: http://celebrationofbooksmaleny.com.