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First Chapters Q&A with Leah Kaminsky

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Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, which starred on Booklist and is the co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family. Leah holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.Leah will be reading from The Hollow Bones at First Chapters on Friday 5 July.1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work. Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen? I'll be reading from the prologue.2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write? I'm genre fluid! My themes seem to circle around loss, war, injustice...and animals!3. What was the first book that you read (or had read to you) that left an impression on you? Winnie the Pooh - I loved his whimsy, innocence and wisdom.4. Do you believe that books should answer life’s big questions? The books I …

First Chapters Q&A with Elizabeth Kuiper

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Elizabeth Kuiper grew up in Zimbabwe before immigrating to Perth with her mother.  In 2016 she graduated from University of Melbourne with a degree in politics and philosophy.  An early extract of Little Stones was shortlisted for the Richell Prize, received the Express Media prize for best work of fiction and was published in Award Winning Australian Writing.  Elizabeth is currently studying Law at University of Melbourne.

Elizabeth will be reading from Little Stones at First Chapters on Friday 5 July.


1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?

I’ve chosen an excerpt from the first chapter of Little Stones. The piece introduces the reader to many of the main characters in the novel (Hannah, her mother and her grandparents) and to a place Hannah is very fond of, her grandparent’s tobacco farm. It also introduces a potential conflict on the horizon. We hear about the War Veterans – War Vets – wh…

First Chapters Q&A with Anna Snoekstra

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Anna Snoekstra writes novels, teaches storytelling at RMIT University and co-ordinates the Write Club at 100 Story Building.  Her non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Filmme Fatales and she is a regular contributor to Lindsay.  Her first novel Only Daughterwas released in 2016, and is currently in the works to be turned into a feature film with Universal Pictures.  Her second, the acclaimedLittle Secrets, was released in 2017.  In 2018, Anna released her first YA novel, Mercy Pointand the twisty and suspenseful novel, The Spite Game.

Anna will be reading from The Spite Game at First Chapters on Friday 5 July. 
1.   Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?
I’m going to read from my most recent novel The Spite Game, which is a story about lust, revenge and girlhood. Some of my favourite topics to write about!
2.How would you describe the kind of books that you write?
I write creepy psychologi…

The money's already gone, but Thank You Puffin Books!

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We were recently the beneficiaries of a grant from Puffin Books and believe you me, we were blown away to get the news.
Puffin Books are the publishers of some of yours and your kids' favourite books, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which just celebrated 50 years of delighting children), Hairy Maclary and more recently books from authors such as Mem Fox and local authors Anna Walker and Sophie Beer.
We weren't expecting big things, as every bookshop in Australia was eligible for a slice of the giveaway and our submission was perhaps a little practical rather than visionary... I know, I know. But if you have kids, you know that carpet, fixtures, clean wall space and well, an illusion of order are all things that get worn out quicker than you would like.
So what did we ask for?  An amphitheatre for storytime I hear you ask?  Enough cash to fly Eric Carle into the country for a series of workshops? (both cool ideas actually...)
No, we asked for and received enough to create…

First Chapters Q&A with Louisa Deasey

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Louisa Deasey is a Melbourne-based writer who has published widely, including in OverlandVogueThe Australian, and The Saturday Age.  Her first memoir, Love and Other U-Turns, was nominated for the Nita B. Kibble Award for women writers.
Louisa will be reading from A Letter From Paris at First Chapters on Friday 7 June.


1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?
I’m going to read a little that gives you a taste of the unanswered questions I had about my father my entire life, and why I never looked into his life until this A LetterFrom Paris arrived.
2. How would you describe the kind of books that you write?
Memoir. I studied Creative Non-Fiction at RMIT and have always loved the personal essay. Both my published books are memoir – even though A Letter From Paris has a lot of biography and history, too! I just love non-fiction, mainly.
3.What was the first book that you read (or had read to yo…

First Chapters Q&A with Elizabeth Coleman

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