Coming of age stories direct from New York and WA
  • Thursday 27 August 2009

World-class authors Tania James, from New York, and Craig Silvey, from Western Australia, will present their critically acclaimed coming-of-age stories on the Sunshine Coast on 15 September.

This is rare chance to hear directly from two authors who are wowing critics and readers with their latest works – including a new Australian novel that has been compared to the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

Both authors will speak at two special events, presented by Sunshine Coast Libraries, as part of their Australian tour. Details of their appearances are:

  • Tuesday 15 September, 2-4pm Butter Factory Arts Centre. Bookings Noosa Library on 5442 4411 (tickets $14), and
  • Tuesday 15 September, 6.30-8.30pm Crown Plaza, Pelican Waters. Bookings Caloundra Library on 5491 1255 (Tickets $20).

US writer Tania James will present her novel, Atlas of Unknowns, an unforgettable tale of two sisters growing up in India who are separated when one wins a scholarship to study in New York, but in so doing commits an act of betrayal that severs her relationship with her sister. Described as an absolute joy to read, the novel shows what can happen when bonds are powerfully tested amid the secret histories and hilarious eccentricities of families everywhere.

She will be joined by Perth-based writer Craig Silvey, whose latest novel Jasper Jones has been compared with the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A coming of age novel set in rural Australia, it is the story of a rebellious teenager of mixed race who entices a 13-year-old country boy into the woods where he shares a terrible discovery. The two boys work together to solve the mystery while the town tightens with fear around them.

Silvey has been winning over the critics since penning his first novel, Rhubarb, which has sold more than 15,000 copies. It was chosen as the "One Book" at the 2006 Perth International Writers Festival, and Silvey was described in publicity as "the next Tim Winton".

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