18 December 2013

Ending the year on a high – selection for the SLV Summer Read

Very exciting news today with the announcement that Blood Witness is part of the State Library of Victoria's Summer Read for 2014. The annual program sees ten judges select ten books that are either written by a Victorian, are set in Victoria or are about Victorians. It's a very diverse mix this year and it's wonderful to share the list with Stephen Carroll, Andrea Goldsmith, Alexis Wright and Anna Krien.

One of the great things about the Summer Read is that its focus is on Victorian libraries which participate through running book clubs and other events. To this end over 200 copies have been distributed throughout the state to both metro and regional libraries. Even better, it looks like I will have the opportunity to meet many library users throughout the first half of next year at a few speaking events. As these come up I'll be sure to list them on the blog. Hopefully I'll make it to a few of these book clubs and hear first hand what people think of the novel.

Another excellent surprise was learning that Blood Witness has made the Emerging Writers Festival Christmas Wish List for 2013. I really enjoyed my time at the festival and am looking forward to attending in 2014. Again, a privilege to share the list with so many other writers so many of them also debuting.

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