Patrick Ness Read-A-Thon

In celebration of Patrick Ness’s upcoming release, And the Ocean Was Our Sky, which we’re lucky enough to be launching with The Little Bookroom, we decided to host a read-a-thon with some of Ness’s previous works to get us even more excited!

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With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself…

As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.


If you’re in Melbourne on Thursday 6 September, come along to The Little Bookroom in Carlton North from 6 – 8pm to hear from the illustrator, Rovina Cai, about their collaboration on this phenomenal book.

Grab your ticket to reserve your spot and preorder the book, which will be available for collection on the night! Each ticket also includes a donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. So come along, add this much-anticipated book to your TBR, support a worthy cause, and get your book signed by Rovina Cai!Read More »

Blogger Brunch + Mercy Point Book Meet

July has come and gone in the blink of an eye! We caught up with three lovely authors, Steph Bowe, Lili Wilkinson, and Anna Snoekstra, and we collectively read 18 books. We still can’t believe we’re over halfway through the year now! We’ve had an incredible first half of the year and can’t wait for what the rest of 2018 will hold.

Check out our Biannual Book Club Wrap Up on our YouTube channel!

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Blogger Brunch

On Sunday 29th July, we were joined by Lili Wilkinson and a bunch of awesome Melbourne bloggers to celebrate the release of Lili’s latest YA novel – After the Lights Go Out! It was so much fun to chat about Lili’s writing process and whether she’d prefer to live through the zombie apocalypse or a deadly plague over coffee and smashed avo. Thanks to everyone who came along! We’ll definitely be doing another event like this one soon.

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In conversation with Anna Snoekstra

On Saturday 7th of July, we were invited to be in conversation with our latest #loveozya member, Anna Snoekstra, to celebrate the launch of her debut young adult novel, Mercy Point. The launch was held at the lovely Readings Kids in Lygon Street, with plenty of gorgeous refreshments including the much loved cupcakes created by Jess from cakeandmadness.

Mercy Point was selected by you guys over on our twitter to be our July book of the month, and we couldn’t have selected a more thrilling book. It’s amazing to see so much support for our Aussie authors, so we love when they pull through and win our polls, especially since we’ve been seeing how much our bookclub members have been enjoying.

Anna was super lovely, as you would expect from a crime writing novelist. Previously, Anna has published two adult fiction novels, Only Daughter and Little Secrets, and we were lucky enough to hear her talk on a panel when were up at Clunes Booktown Fest. We’ve included the blurb of Mercy Point and a few images down below from the event!Read More »

Top Ten Unmissable Events at #MWF18

With the official launch of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival program last night, we’ve received a timely reminder of how quickly this epic festival has been creeping up on us. In a night that started the conversations about life and death, which pose as the overarching themes of this year’s program, those who were lucky enough to attend the launch were the first to hear about what’s happening this season. And wow, do these folks have an exciting festival planned!

With events from a ‘choose your own adventure’-style tour though a graveyard to a memorial service for dead pets, the Melbourne Writers Festival for 2018 is pushing the boundaries on what has been explored in the past, and the existing magic of MWF is getting an extra layer of awesomeness. As well as the traditional panels and in conversation panels, there’s also events such a high tea with Alice Pung at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, a spoken word cabaret inspired by Kurt Cobain’s masterworks, and authors eulogising their careers.

But in order to make searching through the program for the sessions right for you easier, we decided to share our top ten unmissable events at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. This program truly does have something for everyone. Push the boundaries of the conventional. Try something new. Experience something unheard of. Be a part of the conversations surrounding life and death at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival.

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Ask… about YA Publishing

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Writers Victoria to bring to you a very exciting event about YA publishing with #LoveOzYA author Shivaun Plozza and publisher Michelle Madden!

If you write YA, are an aspiring author, or just want to learn more about the publishing industry, this event is for you. Come along to hear all about Shivaun’s road to publication, learn about the current state of YA publishing in Australia, and gain behind-the-scenes insight into what publishers look for in a manuscript.

Book your tickets now to come along to this 1.5 hour session on Thursday 15 November from 6 – 7.30pm!

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About Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’ (2016) and ‘Tin Heart’ (2018). She’s also been published in anthologies and journals, and works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor.

About Michelle Madden

Michelle Madden has been a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House since 2002. Penguin Random House is an international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Michelle’s list covers fiction and non-fiction, including YA and adult cross-over, speculative fiction, middle-reader fiction (in particular series fiction), picture books, verse novels and illustrated fiction and non-fiction for children.


Grab your tickets from the Writers Victoria website!

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Clunes Booktown Festival | Wrap Up

It’s been a lifelong dream to finally make our way to the wonderful town of Clunes. Clunes history is engrained with the complete and utter love for books, so much in fact that it’s nicknames Clunes Booktown.

Every year they host a two day event expressing their love for reading, writing and all things bookish – and we finally got an invite! So off we went on Friday night, to make our way to our dream town. Despite our haunted AirBnB, we arrived safe and sound and prepared ourselves for our panel filled weekend.

Clunes is absolutely stunning, as you can tell from the photos – and we loved every single moment there. Once we arrived we headed straight to the Clunes Town Hall to see Zana Frallion, Jaclyn Moriarty and Ellie Marney for their open discussion Exploring the Teen Reading Culture. Through out the panel they all spoke about the people who encouraged their love for reading.

“I never remember my parents saying that we must read.” – Jaclyn Moriarty

They also spoke about the importance of having engaging reading texts for teenagers to study in high school, and about the difficulties they’ve faced when trying to recommend books for a high school booklist, even though they have relevant and important themes worth studying, and having writing that keeps a reader intrigued and engaged.Read More »

Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

This weekend, we’re lucky enough to be attending the Clunes Booktown Festival! Clunes is a small town in regional Victoria near Ballarat, and it’s decked out in bookshops and everything bookish. We’re super excited to be going up to Clunes for the weekend to attend panels of all kinds, meet some awesome Aussie authors, and buy some books.

There’s nothing we love more than book events, so a weekend full of them is all we could ever have asked for. We haven’t been to Clunes before, so we’re excited to explore the area and become fully immersed in the literary atmosphere. We’ll be vlogging the weekend and sharing heaps of photos on social media, so make sure you’re following us so you can experience Clunes with us.

We’re thrilled to share three Q&As with some of the #LoveOzYA authors we’re most excited to see – Jaclyn Moriarty, Ellie Marney, and Zana Fraillon! These authors will be appearing on multiple panels over the weekend, so make sure you check out the schedule if you’re keen on attending. Tickets are still available!

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Jaclyn Moriarty

Besides your appearance at the Clunes Booktown Festival, what would your dream panel look like – assuming you can pick up any author from any time period in your TARDIS?

I love this question!  Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley (so I can see the interaction between the two of them), Byron (similar reason, although this is risky as I think that Mary, Percy and Byron would dominate the panel, so I need some strong personalities now to balance them), Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Diana Wynne Jones, Ralph Ellison, Jackie French, Sally Gardner, Roxane Gay, Liane Moriarty, Nicola Moriarty (because I love being on panels with my sisters), the Bronte family, Christopher Marlowe (so that we can solve the mystery of his death and find out whether he actually wrote any of Shakespeare’s plays, and because he will be so grateful to be asked along instead of Shakespeare for once).

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What’s Been Happening in the World of YA?

How are we already more than a quarter of the way through the year? These past three months have absolutely flown by, full of amazing launches, brilliant events, and more books than we can keep track of without Goodreads’s help. So we want to celebrate everything we’ve done in 2018 so far!

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Penguin Showcase

What an incredible night! We both had such an amazing time at the Penguin Showcase last year, where we heard all about the upcoming YA novels we could get our hands on, but this year the showcase was even more of anticipated event. And that’s because we got to see Love, Simon! Eleni Hale and Margot McGovern were also in attendance, and it was lovely to get a chance to chat with them. Love, Simon was definitely the highlight of the night though — we laughed, we cried, and we ate more Oreos than we probably should have. It was amazing.


YA Day

At the end of January, we had our most anticipated bookish event that we’d been planning for over six months — YA Day. YA Day was a one day bookish convention, where we had four panels, thirteen guest panelists, and over 80 people in attendance! We’d never done something as ambitious as this event, but we couldn’t be more thrilled with how the day turned out and the amount of support we received. We can’t wait for YA Day 2019!

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Upcoming YA Day + January Excitement

We can’t believe that YA Day is just over two weeks away! WHERE HAS THAT TIME GONE?! We’ve been super busy all month organising an amazing day, and we’re so thrilled that everyone who’s bought a ticket will be able to come and enjoy the day we’ve spent months planning. But the day wouldn’t be possible without you – so THANK YOU!

If you  would like to learn more about YA Day and jog your memory with who you’ll be seeing on a panel, check out this post! If you still haven’t got a ticket, click this link – they’re selling out fast! This is your LAST CHANCE to grab one, so don’t miss out!

An important things to remember for the day is that only ticket holders will be able to enter the venue, so make sure you have a print out of your ticket, have it on your phone, or be able to validate your email address (for Kickstarter backers ONLY) at the door. Please make sure you check your email before the day to see if there are any last-minute announcements from us.Read More »

May Day Mine | Verity Croker

Today we have a piece by Verity about her #LoveOzYA novel, May Day Mine! Although we haven’t read this one yet, we’re eager to pick it up soon – maybe even for one of the squares on our Bingo Challenge!

Thank you, Verity!

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Even though May Day Mine is published by Harmony Ink Press in the US, it is a #LoveOzYA title as the author, me, is Australian, and the book is set in Australia, based on the Beaconsfield mine disaster. I was inspired by the event to create a fictional account, with a fictional family, as I was trying to imagine what it would have been like to live in that small town at that time. I started writing it ages ago, and spent a lot of time on it during my Master of Arts in Creative Writing course at the University of Tasmania. The other students in the class and the tutor gave me lots of helpful input to try to bring my fictional family to life. I didn’t want it to be a realistic version of exactly what happened, as I felt a responsibility to the real families who were involved and I didn’t want to upset them. So I changed the number of men who died in the rock fall, and changed the number of men trapped, so no one character would represent a real person.Read More »