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PAST EVENTS

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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