Am now back from Radelaide where the book The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is now launched!!!!
Also managed to fit in a concert, playing at Feltspace ARI which is a great little gallery near the centre of town run by a nice bunch of people. Many thanks to them for having me come and visit.
More about that later perhaps, in the leadup to Summer/Xmarse – we have ANOTHER comic launch at Sankessto Publications!!
Next Thursday after work – come down to the Hobart Bookshop for a launch of Tricky Walsh’s new comic!!
It’s the Second comic in the Tasmanian comics series DOWN THERE!!
Heya – things have been fun lately … but busy.
I flew to Sydney last week for the NSW booklaunch of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was launched by both Pat Grant and Dr Anne Noonan. Immediately after that I went upstairs in the MCA and attended the great Blood & Thunder anthology event where the comic artists did great comic-readings and presentations of their work.
AND this week I did a presentation of the same book in Hobart at the infamous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) as part of the Emerging Writers Festival Roadshow (see image below).
November 30 – I’ll launch the book in Adelaide - HOW EXCITING! I haven’t been to the city of Churches in yonks! I’m a big fan of their botanical gardens. Jennifer Mills will launch the book for South Australia!
San Kessto Publications has now received the second print-run of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs and it continues to sell well, which is just awesome for a book made by a small self-publisher. You can still buy it directly at the San Kessto Publications website.
BUT – You can also find the book at some very special bookstores in these cities -
Alice Springs – Red Kangaroo Books (Todd Mall), Dymocks (Alice plaza)
Brisbane - Avid Reader (West End)
Fremantle - New Editions (High St)
Melbourne – Readings (Carlton), Minotaur (Elizabeth St, CBD), Metropolis (Swanston St)
Sydney - Gleebooks (Glebe Point Rd, Glebe), Better Read Than Dead (King St Newtown), MCA shop (Circular Quay)
Wholesale inquiries to – email@example.com
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- David J Tacey (Edge of the Sacred, published by Harper Collins, 1995, pages 195-6)