Double Booked Club
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For the first event in our fiction series, we’re pairing two authors with new books out for younger readers: Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Alison Evans.
You Must Be Layla is Abdel-Magied’s second book, and first foray into fiction, about a young girl from an Islamic family and her struggle to fit in at a new school. Highway Bodies is Alison Evans’s second YA novel. It features queer and gender non-conforming teens who struggle to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Both writers believe issues of representation are crucially important in writing for, and about, young people. For this midday session in March, they’ll talk schoolyard angst, weird science and writing real Australian teen characters for real Australian young readers.
Ahead of the event, we’ll send you some readings to get you started. Can’t make it in person? Watch and participate from wherever you are – sign up for a live-stream reminder below. #doublebookedclub
Readings will be our bookseller for this event.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate.
Alison Evans is a nonbinary author from Melbourne, Australia, a regular speaker at festivals, schools and events, on writing, gender and sexuality. They are co-editor of Concrete Queers, a maker of zines and a lover of bad movies. Alison's first book, Ida (Echo), established a firm fan base of teens and adults (mostly within the queer community) who loved seeing queer and gender-diverse characters in a fun genre novel.
Their work has been published in various Australian and international magazines, lit journals and zines, and Ida was the winner of the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.
Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children's fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the 2009 Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
Need more fiction in your Fridays? Double Booked Club is for you.
For each of these monthly lunchtime sessions, we’ll bring together two great local fiction authors to discuss their work. They'll start with a chat about their latest books, before meandering off into conversation about backlists, shared themes and literary heroes.
Ahead of each event, ticket bookers will receive some reading material relating to the books in question – and each discussion will be live-streamed for those playing at home (or work!).
Get some extra smarts with your sandwich at our new lunchtime series.