Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Canberra Dinner

canberra view.jpgLast night I had a wonderful dinner at the Boathouse restaurant with booksellers, an editor and reviewer, and some of the Orbit team.

It was so much fun and the only disappointment was that the night flew by so quickly I didn’t get to talk to everyone for as long as I’d like to have. Suddenly we were past the dessert and hot drinks and it was much later than I’d realised. We said our goodbyes, then I remembered I’d forgotten to take a photo. Linda rushed off and waylaid people in their cars, and we all gathered in front of the restaurant for a photo – all but Colin Steele from the Canberra Times who’d managed to slip away. 
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Thank you to Gia from the Canberra Times, Linda from Orbit, Alison from Dymocks Canberra, Matt from Orbit, Fiona and Erin from Dymocks Tuggeranong, Nicola the Super Publicist, Andrew from Dymocks Belconnen, Renee from Dymocks tuggeranong, Gayle from Gaslight Books and (absent from photo) Colin from the Canberra Times.  Looking forward to seeing many of you today, for bookshop visits and the Gaslight signing tonight. 

Contact: Swancon 2009

The big news I’ve been waiting for the right moment to post about is that I’m going to be a Guest of Honour at Contact: Swancon 2009, a convention running over the coming Easter weekend in Perth.


I’ll be doing the full range of guesty duties, including signings, speaking on panels, a guest speech/presentation, participating in ceremonies, partying at the Masquerade and more! You can buy a pass for the day, or come join us for the whole convention. For more information check out the Contact website linked above.  



I dropped into Angus & Robertson Forest Hill Bookshop today, which is my local bookshop, and signed some copies. So if you’re after a signed copy and happen to live or shop there, I’m sure the friendly staff will be happy to sell you one! 

Canberra and Sydney Toury Stuff

Next week I’m heading north to Canberra and then Sydney, for more bookstore visits and bookseller dinners – and two signings. I don’t yet have a full confirmed list of bookshops I’ll be visiting to sign stock, but it does include Dymocks in Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Sydney. But I do have times for the signings:

5-6pm Tuesday 3rd March
Gaslight Books
Unit 10, 83 Wollongong Street
Fyshwick, ACT 2609


5:30pm Thursday 5th March
Galaxy Bookshop
143 York Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

So come along and get your books signed. If you can’t make it, I’ll be posting about the bookshop visits and letting you know where you can pick up signed copies.

A Busy Week

What a week! I’m all worn out! First there was the bookseller dinner, then the Summer Reading panel, then signing books at Dymocks Southland, and today a journalist is coming to interview me.

First: the Summer Reading panel. Since the library is just down the road from me I had invited the other panelists over for dinner, but poor Adam got caught in traffic and had to go direct to the library. That was okay – I invited him and Jack back to our place afterwards and made sure he had a late dinner.

The panel went well. We talked about how we came to be writing and how our careers unfolded, then of our stories in the Dreaming Again anthology, and finished by answering some great questions from a very patient and attentive audience. Myself and my fellow authors were very happy with how it went and we’ve received some enthusiastic feedback.

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos as I hadn’t arranged a camera buddy for the event. But I do for the signing at Southland. How could I not record this wonderful window display?














The lovely staff at Dymocks set me up at the front of the shop and made sure I was comfortable.









And then a steady stream of customers and fan came by to have their books signed. Enough that I was busy most of the hour, but not so many that I couldn’t take the time to write something and to chat. Two customers saw me there and decided to give my books a try – one even bought my entire seven books!

A few friends who live nearby dropped in, too. During one of the breaks Emily asked if I’d sign anything. I said anything except a cheque, then jokingly lamented that I’d never been asked to sign a boob. Her eyes lit up. “Sign mine! Sign mine!” she pleaded. So here it is: 













At the end of the session I signed lots os stock, then we dragged Chuck McKenzie, the store manager, out for a photo.













So thank you to Chuck, everyone at Dymocks Southland, and all the people who came to have their books signed. And to those who left comments that they hadn’t arrived in time – sorry to have missed you but thanks for making the effort to come!

There are lots of signed copies in the store now, for anyone who wants to grab one. The store owner told me that they usually sell pretty fast, too.