I am coming. At last! I'm so excited! I've never been to Australia or New Zealand, and though this isn't the trip where I'm going to get to really experience much of either country, I will get to meet some book lovers, who are of course the BEST PART OF ANY COUNTRY!
Here's the schedule of public events:
Wed, Aug 27
Remuera Library 6:15 pm talk & signing
427 Remuera Road
Sat/Sun, Aug 30/31
WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival
Sat, Aug 30, 1-2 pm CREATING WORLDS: YA Fiction panel
Laini Taylor, Elizabeth Knox, Karen Healey, Tania Roxburg
Sun, Aug 31, 1-2 pm SUPERNATURALLY: Laini Taylor & Elizabeth Knox
(Can I tell you how thrilled I am to meet Elizabeth Knox who is one of my favorite writers??? Very thrilled! Fantastic books: The Dreamhunter Duet and Mortal Fire (YA), and Wake (adult). Read them!)
Tues, Sept 2
City of Sydney Libraries: Custom House Library 6 pm talk & signing
31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW
Wed, Sept 3
Little Bookroom: 6:30 pm talk & signing
5 Desgraves St., Melbourne
Fri, Sept 5 - Sun, Sept 7
Brisbane Writers Festival
Fri, Sept 5, 10 am-1 pm MASTERCLASS: CREATIVE METHODS
I'm teaching a three-hour writing workshop! Please come!
Fri, Sept 5, 5-6 pm FANTASY: THIS WORLD & THE NEXT panel
Laini Taylor, Isobelle Carmody & Kirilee Baker talk with Trent Jamieson about diving into fantastical other worlds, and bringing some of the magical to this Muggle one
Sat, Sept 6, 10-11 am UNNATURAL CREATURES panel
Laini Taylor, Rjurik Davidson & John Pickrell in a discussion that will look at how weird and wonderful existing (and historical) creatures are, and how fantasy fiction borrows biology and zoology etc to create otherworldly beings -- how fake is fantasy really?
Sat, Sept 6, 3:45-4:30 LOVE YA: EPIC LOVE, STAR-CROSSED OR CURSED panel
Laini Taylor & Aimee Kaufman: Who are your book boyfriends? What books score high on your swoon scale? And are we doing ourselves any favors when real life can seem just a little bit awkward and tame by comparison? The agony and ecstasy of that all-encompassing, overwhelming, EPIC love in YA fiction.
Sun, Sept 7, 1-2 pm LAWS OF MAGIC panel
Laini Taylor, Rjurik Davidson, Trudi Canavan & Kirilee Barker discussing mythologies, legends, and magic systems in genre fiction.