Litbits November 18 2017

ABR 40th Birthday Fellowship

Australian Book Review announces its 40th Birthday Fellowship (worth $10,000). It seek proposals for four original review essays, commentaries, and/or interviews to be published during 2018. Applications are open to any Australian writer with a publication record (books, creative writing, essays, or journalism). Applications close January 15, 2018.

2018 ABR Calibre Essay Prize ($7,500)

Entries are open for the 2018 ABR Calibre Essay Prize for original and unpublished non-fiction essays of any subject between 3000 to 6000 words, written in English. Entry fees are $15 for ABR subscribers or $25 for non-subscribers (the latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online). Entries close January 15, 2018. First prize $5000, second prize $2500). See:

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Australian Book Review seeks entries in the 14th Peter Porter Poetry Prize, open until December 3 and worth a total of $8500. Poems must be written in English and not exceed 75 lines. See:

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.Saturday November 18: At Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 10.45am will be a meet the author and book signing session with L.J.M. Owen, author of The Adventure of the Lazarus Child, a new Sherlock Holmes story set in Queanbeyan, featured in Sherlock Holmes - The Australian Casebook.

November 19: At Muse at 3pm, Krissy Kneen, author of the novel An Uncertain Grace, will be in conversation with Gemma Killeen. $12 includes a drink.

November 22: Kevin Peoples' book Trapped in a Closed World: Catholic Culture and Sexual Abuse, exploring the genesis of child sexual abuse by clergy that has rocked the Catholic Church, will be launched at 6pm at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture by Donella Johnston, formerly Director of the National Office for the Participation of Women of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

November 23: Health ethicist Sarah Winch will speak about her book The Best Death: how to die well - about preparing for death: practically, physically, spiritually, medically and socially - at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP Telephone 6295 6723 .

November 23: Last reading for the year at Manning Clarke House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest at 7pm. Moya Pacey, Sarah Rice and Judith Crispin will read. $10. wine and nibbles included. .

November 25: At 2pm in The Graduate Lounge, University House, ANU, Remembering Verity Fitzhardinge celebrates the teacher, writer, farmer, activist, historian and bookshop founder. ChrissyGrishin will launch Verity, a biography by Robert Lehane, and Amin Saikal will launch A Nice Quiet Tourist, Fitzhardinge's account of her travels through Afghanistan in the 1960s. RSVP:

November 25: At Muse at 4.30pm will be a panel discussion, Histories of Immigration and Refuge: 1947-1970s with historians Dr Alexandra Dellios, Dr Jayne Persian and Dr Claire Higgins, chaired by Professor Frank Bongiorno, ANU. $12 includes a drink.

November 26: At Muse at 3pm is the Canberra launch of Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives with Frank Moorhouse and others in conversation with editor Julianne Schultz. $12 includes a drink.

Tuesday, 28 November, 6.15pm pre-drinks and canapes, followed by dinner at 7pm. The Hall, University House. Meet the Chef dinner with Australian television celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow, in conversation with Alex Sloan, about her new book Poh Bakes 100 Greats. $85 per person for three-course dinner and drinks. Bookings at University House, 6125 5211 or Book signings before and after the dinner.

November 29: Zoffany's Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island by Stephen Foster, a story about a custody dispute taking place on the island of Guernsey in 1825, will be launched by Professor Kim Rubenstein at the National Library of Australia bookshop at 5.30pm. Free admission.

November 30: Meet Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authors of the science fiction novel Unearthed at Harry Hartog Bookseller, Westfield Woden, at 6pm. Free. RSVP: 6232 5832.

This story Litbits November 18 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.