Litbits October 14 2017

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October 15: The ACT Storytellers Guild presents Springtime Stories with Lawrence De Costa and Harrison Whalan at 2.30pm at Kangara Waters Community Centre (near the cafe), 2 Joy Cummings Place Belconnen. Stories are suitable for adults and older children. $15 includes refreshments. Contact: Cherie: 0407410374.

October 16: At 4pm: Dr Shino Konishi of the University of Western Australia will deliver the free ANU Archives Annual Lecture on Indigenous lives and the Australian Dictionary of Biography in the McDonald Room, R,G. Menzies Building, ANU.. Register on 6125 2219 or

October 16: Miles Franklin Award winner Michelle De Kretser will talk about her novel The Life To Come at the National Library of Australia Theatre at 6pm. $20 includes refreshments and book signing. Bookings:

October 17: Canberra author Doug Limbrick's memoir, Running the Marathon with Cancer will be launched at 5.30 pm at Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic by MLA Shane Rattenbury. The book is about running and surviving colorectal cancer. Books on sale and for signing with $5 of each sale to Bowel Cancer Australia. Free but RSVP for catering:

October 22: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, the Feminist Writers Festival is holding Giving Up The Good Girl, a discussion about how expectations for women are changing, challenging and rejecting gender roles, and learning to give up being so damn nice, featuring Shu-Ling Chua and Rosanna Stevens, and chaired by FWF's own Louise Taylor. Tickets: $10.

October 24: At Muse at 6pm Suzanne Bellamy will launch Susan Hawthorne's Dark Matters and Melinda Tankard Reist will launch Renate Klein's Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation. Free event.

October 25: Two poetry collections from UWA Publishing, Sarah Rice's Fingertip of the Tongue and Paul Munden's Chromatic, will be launched by Canberra poet Melinda Smith at the National Library of Australia at 6pm. Bookings::

October 26: Shadow finance minister Jim Chalmers will talk about his new book Changing Jobs: The fair go in the new machine age at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP: telephone 6295 672.

October 27, At 6pm in Llewellyn Hall, School of Music ANU. Kevin Rudd will be in conversation with Stan Grant on the former prime minister's new book, Not for the Faint Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957 - 2007. Event chaired by ANU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt. or 6125 4144. Book signings at 7pm. Free event.

October 29: Remembering Belgium 1917 is an afternoon of readings and music reflecting on the experience of Australians serving in Belgium in 1917. Tuggeranong Homestead, 2pm. Entry fee of $15 includes Devonshire tea. Bookings essential, RSVP by October 27. Phone Jan on 0429 802 339 or email

October 29: Veteran journalist Hugh Riminton will launch his memoir Minefields: : A life in the news game at Muse at 3pm. Tickets: $12 (includes a glass of house wine or soft drink).

November 3: A Meet the Chef dinner with Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran will have him in conversation with Alex Sloan about his new book Australian Food: Coast + Country. 6.15pm pre-drinks and canapes, followed by dinner at 7pm at The Hall, University House. $95 a person. Bookings at University House, 6125 5211 or Book signings before and after the dinner.

November 7: At 6.30 pm in the China in the World auditorium ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Terri Butler and Andrew Leigh will discuss the political process based on Butler's new book Labour of Love. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

.November 14: At 6pm in the. Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Walkley award winner Chris Masters will be in conversation with former Chief of Army Peter Leahy on Masters' new book, No Front Line. Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

This story Litbits October 14 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.