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PAST EVENTS

Invisible Boys – Holden Sheppard in Conversation

6.30pm    16th Oct 2019    Balmoral Hotel (Upstairs), 901 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park 

Crow Books is delighted to host an evening with award winning Young Adult author Holden Sheppard to discuss his debut novel, Invisible Boys.

Join us to hear Holden in conversation with Alicia Tuckerman.

Ticket Cost: $5
Your ticket cost is redeemable against the purchase of a copy Invisible Boys on the night.
Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/560446
Book now as places are limited.

About Holden and his book:

In a small town, everyone thinks they know you: Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who’s not as tough as he looks. Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego. Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family. But all three boys hide who they really are. When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel, Invisible Boys, won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award, and was Highly Commended in the 2018 ASA Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Prize.Holden’s novella ‘Poster Boy’ won the 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in Griffith Review. His true story ‘Fight, Deny, Delete’ was published in the 2019 Margaret River Press anthology Bright Lights, No City. Holden’s short fiction has been published in page seventeen and Indigo, and he has also written for Ten DailyHuffington Post, ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s writing program and won a prestigious Australia Council ArtStart grant in 2015. Holden serves as the Deputy Chair of WritingWA, and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA.

Holden has always been a misfit: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively, a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock, and a bogan who learned to speak French.

 

About Alicia Tuckerman:

Alicia Tuckerman is a driving force for young LGBT voices within Australia. Author of If I Tell You, Alicia was raised in rural NSW before she left home at the age of sixteen, she accepted a position to study at the Hunter School of Performing Arts.

Described as having an overactive imagination as a child, she recalls writing stories her entire life. Alicia attributes surviving her teenage years to the comfort, release and escape writing offered and she hopes to inspire the next generation of readers and writers to embrace their true passions.

Alicia was inspired to write If I Tell You after finding a lack of YA novels featuring two central lesbian characters. She draws on her life experiences to explore the joys, triumphs and cruelties of modern day adolescence and considers there is no fantasy world she could create that is more terrifyingly beautiful than the one we’re expected to live in.

Book Launch – The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi

6pm to 8.30pm    28th Sep 2019    Centre for Stories: 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge 

Join Centre for Stories, Wild Dingo Press and Crow Books  in celebrating the release of The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi.

The Palace of Angels is a collection of three stories praised by the likes of Geraldine Brooks and Ilan Pappé (Noam Chomsky’s co-author).

The stories are discrete and exquisitely written, set in Palestine from the 1990s to the present day. The reader is lead to question how we discover who we really are, and what we wish to become. The stories are united in exposing ‘the clash between love and hate, revenge and compassion, within an impossible and abnormal reality of occupation, colonisation and ethnic cleansing’ (Ilan Pappé).

Vital, brutal and tender, The Palace of the Angels is written with the urgency of breaking news and the delicacy of poetry. This is Morsi at his passionate best. — Geraldine Brooks

Book Launch – Special by Melanie Dimmitt

6.30pm    23rd Sep 2019    Crow Books 

Join Crow Books and Ventura Press in celebrating the launch Special by Melanie Dimmitt

Most of us expect to meander through the motions of love, marriage and (textbook) baby in the carriage, but once in a while life has something a little more special in store…

Special is an uplifting, candid companion for those in the early stages of navigating a child’s disability, offering honest, reassuring and relatable insight into a largely unknown (and so, initially terrifying) part of our world.

It features antidotes to the obsessions at the forefront of a newly minted special-needs parent’s mind: Why has this happened to me? Will I ever stop comparing my child to typical children? How will my relationship survive? Will I be able to work again? Should I have another baby? And the big one: What will my future look like?

Inspired by the author’s own crash-landing into special-needs parenthood, and shaped by her conversations with parents of children with wide-ranging disabilities, alongside specialists, psychologists and researchers, Special shares stories, guidance and simple coping strategies to soothe and surprise anyone whose life has taken an unexpected turn.

About the Author

Melanie Dimmitt is an Australian journalist who has written for publications including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Collective Hub magazine, Broadsheet, The Tot and Mama Disrupt magazine, and has created content for Smack Bang Designs and You & Co Media.

A Perth native, who has also lived in Melbourne and London, Melanie currently lives in Sydney with her partner and two young children.

PRAISE FOR SPECIAL

‘Raw, brave and compelling. This book airs a parent’s most guilt-riddled thoughts and then turns them on their head.’
MIA FREEDMAN

Special is so beautifully written, touching, helpful and insightful. I wish, wish, wish I had it ten years ago! If I had known the joy and happiness being a special-needs mother would bring, my blanket of suffering would have been lifted. It’s going to be a lifesaver for special needs parents.’
ONDINE SHERMAN

‘Bold, honest, sometimes funny and always illuminating without being didactic, Special will shatter your heart and put it back together again. This book will do much good in the world.’
LEE KOFMAN

Curtin Annual Human Rights Lecture

6pm to 7.30pm    29th Apr 2019    Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre Building 210, Curtin University Kent Street Bentley 

Curtin University, through the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) is proud to present the 2019 Annual Human Rights Lecture, delivered by journalist, writer, filmmaker and refugee advocateBehrouz Boochani.

Tickets

About the lecture

The Curtin Annual Human Rights Lecture, established in 2016, is a key initiative of the CHRE. In 2019, Behrouz Boochani will deliver a presentation by a combination of video and live link from Manus Island where he has been forced to remain since seeking asylum in Australia in 2013.

In his forthcoming lecture Mr Boochani will focus on the refugee experience through the lens of human rights and politics. In his words: “I will explore the role of art and literature as an important language to challenge Australia’s inhumane detention systems and refugee policies and share my experience as a person who has been fighting against what I see as dehumanisation.”

The inaugural Human Rights Lecture was delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016, and by Dr Waleed Aly, media commentator and academic in 2017, and last year the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG delivered the lecture.

About Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani is an Iranian-Kurdish journalist, human rights defender, poet and film producer. He was born in western Iran and has been held on Manus Island since 2013. Boochani is the co-director, along with Iranian film maker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, of the documentary Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time, has published numerous articles in leading media internationally about the plight of refugees held by the Australian Government on Manus Island, and has won several international literary, film and human rights awards.

His memoir, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction in January 2019. The book was tapped out on a mobile phone in a series of single messages over time and translated from Persian into English by Omid Tofighian.

Book Launch – 6222 Syllables by Sarah Furtner

6.30pm    08th Apr 2019    Crow Books 

Join Crow Books in celebrating the release of 6222 Syllables by Sarah Furtner.

About the book: 

6222 Syllables is Sarah Furtner’s debut collection of poetry, featuring 366 haikus.

Sarah looks at love,

suburban life, Instagram,
friendship and laundry.

She has a laugh at
‘Reality TV’, and
feeling like a fraud.

She also explores
drinking, family and her
hopes for the future.

Book Launch: Stratos Gazis Crime Series by Pol Koutsakis

6.30pm    11th Mar 2019    Crow Books 

Join Crow Books and Bitter Lemon Press in celebrating the launch of Stratos Gazis crime series by Pol Koutsakis.  

  • Pol Koutsakis in coversation with David Whish-Wilson
  • Copies of the books, Athenian Blues and Baby Blue will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Light refreshments provided.
  • This is a free event.

About Athenian Blues:

Stratos Gazis hates being called a contract killer. What he is, is a conscientious fixer. He fixes problems that are only mentioned in whispers. That very few can fix. Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done, without wanting to know about the small stuff – just that the job was carried out. Stratos is their man, provided that his meticulous research shows him that the targets deserve their fate.

But now, in the midst of the Greek economic crisis and political turmoil, this film-noir loving assassin with the strict moral code is about to get involved in the most high-profile case of his contract killer career. He finds himself caught between the most beloved lawyer in Greece, known as “the guardian of the poor”, and his actress and model wife, the most desirable woman in the country. They are both in dire need of his killing services, but which one is telling the truth?

Book Launch: Falling Backwards by Jo Jones

6.30pm    10th Sep 2018    Crow Books 

Join Crow Books and UWA Publishing in celebrating the release of Falling Backwards: Australian Historical Fiction and the History Wars by Jo Jones

  • Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Light refreshments provided.
  • This is a free event.
  • RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

To be launched by Paul Genoni, Associate Professor within the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.

About the book: 

Some stories are hard to tell. During a period known as the Australian History Wars, consideration of the national past was vexed, contested territory. There was marked vitriol – to an unprecedented extent – in public debate about the “reality” and interpretation of the events of colonisation. This study investigates the output of novelists who were brave enough to contribute to this vital cultural moment and the issues of politics and form they attempted to negotiate.

Always Another Country: Sisonke Msimang in Conversation

6.30pm    16th Aug 2018    The Dutch Trading Company, 243 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park 

Crow Books is delighted to celebrate the launch of Sisonke Msimang’s memoir, Always Another Country.

Join us to hear Sisonke in conversation with Will Yeoman (Books editor & arts writer for The West Australian).

Ticket Cost: $10
Your ticket includes nibbles and entitles you to a special event price on the book of $25 (RRP $32.99)
Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/409632
Book now as places are limited.

About Sisonke and her book:

‘If I were given five minutes with my younger self—that little girl who cried every time we had to leave for another country—I would hold her tight and not say a word. I would just be still and have her feel my beating heart, a thud to echo her own—a silent message that, no matter the outcome, she would survive and be stronger and happier than she might think as she stood at the threshold of each new home.’

Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood—a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia.

Frank, fierce and insightful, she reflects candidly on the abuse she suffered as a child, the naive, heady euphoria of returning at last to her parents’ homeland—and her disillusionment with present-day South Africa and its new elites. Sisonke Msimang is a bold new voice on feminism, race and politics—in her beloved South Africa, in Australia, and around the world.

Praise for Sisonke Msimang and Always Another Country

‘Few of us have felt the grinding force of history as consciously or as constantly as Sisonke Msimang. Her story is a timely insight into a life in which the gap between the great world and the private realm is vanishingly narrow and it bears hard lessons about how fragile our hopes and dreams can be.
– Tim Winton

‘Msimang pours herself into these pages with a voice that is molten steel; her radiant warmth and humour sit alongside her fearlessness in naming and refusing injustice. Msimang is a masterful memoirist, a gifted writer, and she comes bearing a message that is as urgent and timely as it is eternal.’

– Sarah Krasnostein

Book Launch: We Are Not Most People by Tracy Ryan

6.30pm    24th Jul 2018    Crow Books 1-900 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park 

Join The Westerly Centre, Transit Lounge and Crow Books in celebrating the release of Tracy Ryan’s new novel, We are Not Most People.

  • Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Light refreshments provided.
  • This is a free event.
  • RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

About the book:

Kurt Stocker’s Swiss childhood is dominated by strict and god-fearing parents. He enters a seminary with the intent of becoming a priest and making his parents proud of him but struggles to adapt. Leaving this vocation behind, he marries Liesl and they eventually emigrate to Australia.

Decades later in small town Australia, Terry Riley feels drawn to convent life, despite her family’s objections. At the convent, she is haunted by a strange sickness and knows in time that she must return to a more conventional life. It is then she begins a relationship with the now divorced Kurt, who was once her high school teacher.

This is the story of an odd couple, of an older man and a younger woman in love with one another, but so damaged by their past lives that even a regular sexual relationship seems impossible. Beautiful in its frankness but disturbing in its examination of faith and human existence, this is a novel that is affectionate, haunting and ultimately unforgettable.

‘Truly bold, honest, tender and amazingly assured.’

ROBERT DREWE

Poetry Book Launch: Justice for Romeo by Siobhan Hodge

6.30pm    03rd Jul 2018    Crow Books 

Join Crow Books for the launch of a new collection by Perth poet, Siobhan Hodge.

To be launched by John Kinsella.

Justice for Romeo is a poetry collection that reflects on the complex legacy of horse-human connections.

‘Hodge’s Romeo is, or was, a horse, and this collection is the first Australian book of poetry entirely given to horses and human interactions with them. Hodge’s writing is spare, and the poems leave us no doubt about her view of the injustices done. Hodge’s poetry ranges from Shakespearean sonnet to prose poem, its power of sensory evocation a fine vehicle for conveying such experience.’ – Dennis Haskell

‘It is that sense of love, a complicated love rather than innocent, apolitical, naïve, that sustains Justice for Romeo, and gives to us a remarkable portrait of who we are and how horses mean so much to our collective culture as a whole.’ – Robert Wood

RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

Drinks and nibbles provided.

Copies of Justice for Romeo will be available for purchase and signing

Gregory Smith – Out of the Forest

6.30pm    31st May 2018    Dutch Trading Company, 243 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park 

Crow Books is proudly hosting an evening with Gregory Smith, author of the compelling memoir, Out of the Forest.

His father was a violent alcoholic, his mother hardly the maternal type. As children, Gregory and his four sisters
were told they were going to visit ‘Aunty Muriel’. Instead they were taken to an orphanage in Armidale, where they
remained for the next two years until reclaimed by their parents. While there, like others in care, Gregory was the
victim of physical, psychological and sexual abuse – now known as Forgotten Australians.

Gregory spent years wandering the east coast of Australia, fluctuating between employment and homelessness dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism and battle with mental health. He struggled to make human connection.

In around (circa) 1990, Gregory decided to give it all up and retreated into the forest outside of Mullumbimby, just north of Byron Bay. He lived on the fringes of society in the dense, green wilderness, foraging for food, always mindful of his impact on the environment. People in neighbouring towns knew of this mystery man, yet knew
nothing about him.

When he emerged from the forest ten years later, emaciated and close to death, Gregory decided it was time to turn his life around. The boy who left school at the age of fourteen became a man who worked to get a university admission, and ultimately earned a PhD in Sociology – Forgotten Australians was the subject of it – and today teaches at Southern Cross University.

Out of the Forest is the uplifting and touching memoir of a man who demonstrates in the most profound way that while our lives can go way off track, we can still find our way back.

Join us at The Dutch Trading Company to listen to Gregory’s amazing story!

Copies of Out of the Forest will be available for purchase and signing.
Light nibbles provided. Drinks available to purchase at the bar.
RSVP: books@crowbooks.com.au

Book Launch – Survival by Rachel Watts

6.30pm    14th Mar 2018    Crow Books 

Ignorance is cheap. And then it costs you everything.
Perth author Rachel Watts’ latest release delivers a devastating vision of a post-climate change world in which governments have collapsed and corporations rule with an iron fist.
The world has suffered economic collapse and multiple environmental crises. In a flooded city, Ava Murasaki is searching for her activist sister Sophia. Meanwhile, Valerie Newlin lives in the secure complex of the Scylla Corporation, the world’s only remaining multinational. There, she finds evidence of something horrifying in the Corporation medical research data. Set in a searingly real near-future, Survival is a story of what people will face for those they love.
Survival is accompanied by four of Watts’ previously published dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories.

Join us to launch this new young adult novel from Perth author, Rachel Watts!

RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

This is a free event.

Book Launch – Crazy Crab

6.30pm    12th Sep 2017    Crow Books 

Steven is no ordinary Hermit Crab.  He has a big dream… to be an astronaut and fly in space! His friends and family think he’s crazy.  They don’t send crabs into space.  Will Steve have the “right stuff” to be sent on a daring mission to Mars?  Can he work hard to beat mischievious mice and mad monkeys to ride a rocket to the red planet?  Only time and training will tell in this hilarious story of a crazy crab who wants to reach for the stars.

Join us for the launch of this delightful children’s book with Perth author Mark C .Evans.

Please RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

Kyle Hughes-Odgers

11am - 1pm    21st Jun 2017    Crow Books 

To mark the publication of his stunning new children’s book, One Thousand Trees, renowned artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers will be coming to Crow Books!

Kyle will be making over the Crow window with his incredible and unique artwork.  All are welcome to come down and see Kyle in action!

Kyle’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday 21st June 11am – 1pm

Book Launch – Billy the Brilliant

6.30pm for a 7.15pm start    24th Aug 2016    Crow Books 

“Billy only wanted to be one thing when he grew up; a magician! He learnt from the best, Gregory The Great! Nothing could ever distract Billy; he was destined for the big time! Until, one day something changed Billy’s outlook on everything…”

Join us for the launch of this delightful children’s book with the Perth based creators – Timothy Bristow (author) and Natalie Martin (illustrator).

Please RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

New Norcia Writer’s Festival

9.30am - 4.30pm    13th Aug 2016    New Norcia 

This year the New Norcia Writers Festival returns in partnership with The West Australian’s Books Editor Will Yeoman to showcase an impressive line-up of West Australian talent! Join acclaimed writers Natasha Lester, John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan, Rashida Murphy and Ron Elliott as they take us from the poetry of the WA wheatbelt through the often fraught migrant experience in Australia and the twisted world of a serial arsonist and killer to the vibrant sights and sounds of New York in the Roaring Twenties.

Crow Books will be there catering for your book buying needs!

When: Saturday 13th August, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: New Norcia

Bookings: Lucy Nicholson on (08) 9654 8018
or
 email communications@newnorcia.wa.edu.au.

OUTspoken: Perth Poetry Festival

7pm - 10pm    12th Aug 2016    Balmoral Hotel (Upstairs), 901 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park 

Crow Books is hosting the Perth Poetry Festival’s OUTspoken; A Celebration of Queer Poetry!

This event will feature more than 10 talented queer poets, including Alex Biddle, Jakob Boyd,  Kai Schweizer, Ben Marchant, Luka Buchanan and Scott-Patrick Mitchell.  The night will also include an open mic section.

To get your ticket on the night go to Crow Books at 900 Albany Highway. Entry is $5 which includes a $5 voucher for Crow Books. All donations (including the $5) will go to the victims and families of the Orlando massacre via Equality Florida.

For further inquires please contact Scott-Patrick Mitchell on 0421748739 or Colin Young on 0434860609 (email: coledyoung@yahoo.com.au).

CHARLES VAN SANDWYK ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR

6:30pm    20th Jan 2015    Crow Books 

Good friend of Crow Books and honorary Vic Park resident, Charles van Sandwyk, is in town!  Many of you would be familiar with his stunning and distinctive illustrations featured in his range of hand made books and cards in our store.

Charles has published many books and provided illustrations for the Folio Society edition of Wind in the Willows andThe Blue Fairy Book.  Charles is currently working on illustrations for and upcoming Folio Society edition of Alice in Wonderland.  His art works are collector’s items around the world.

Charles will be spending an evening at Crow to discuss his writing and illustration and share the process of putting together his incredible books.

Tuesday 20th January at 6.30pm

RSVP to books@crowbooks.com.au

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