Events Occurring Thursday, October 29
LISA L HANNETT - LAMENT FOR THE AFTERLIFE
6:00 PM – 8:00; Avid Reader Bookshop , 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane (Register Here)
THE GREYS ARE COMING AND THEY ARE ALREADY HERE. No one knows when the war against the greys began. Not precisely. There are theories, speculations. Everyone agrees, though, that airborne doombringers appear along with their invisible bombs—and disappear just as mysteriously. Governments, while they still can, launch investigations into the waves of energy sweeping from continent to continent, bringing human mutation and environmental destruction. They shepherd refugees from country to country. They do whatever they must to put an end to the fighting.
Events Occurring Friday, October 30
SLQ WHITE GLOVES TOURS
QUEENSLAND IN PULP
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Fox Family White Gloves Room, level 4, State Library of Queensland
Queenslanders can churn out pulp with the best of them, so put on your white gloves to browse through State Library’s historical collection of crime, adventure, and speculative fiction. Compare their bright colours to the lurid cover of the 1870s penny dreadful Jack Harkaway and his Son’s Adventures in Australia and the dourer appearance of late nineteenth century utopian/dystopian fiction.
ROMANCE FICTION WHITE GLOVES TOUR
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Fox Family White Gloves Room, level 4, State Library of Queensland
Join Joan Bruce, State Library’s Queensland Literature Coordinator, for a behind the scenes look at romance publishing of the last hundred years. The tour starts with the striking coloured covers of early 20th century popular fiction from the NSW Bookstall Company and moves on to State Library’s large collection of historical Mills and Boon.
You cans up for either tour using the form below.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER? CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE PUBLISHING
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM; • Room 222, Michie Building (#9), University of Queensland, St Lucia (Off-Site)
You think you know Australian literature, but have you ever heard of Stephanie Laurens, Anne Gracie, or Kylie Scott? Romance publishing in Australia is profitable and innovative, nationally distinctive and globally connected – and strikingly understudied. This presentation will show how romance fiction is pushing digital change in Australian publishing, how Australian rural settings operate in one of the most profitable and sustained subgenres of romance, and how Australian romance is dominating publishing both locally and globally.
Kim Wilkins (UQ), Lisa Fletcher (University of Tasmania), and Beth Driscoll (University of Melbourne) were awarded the 2015 Romance Writers of America Academic Research Grant to conduct research into the “genre world” of Australian romance fiction. They publish, both individually and collaboratively, on topics such as genre, print culture, popular fiction, and reading communities.