Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

Trudi's Blog


My publisher has made a very nifty thing.
















Yep, they’ve put together a new website for me: But it’s not going to replace this one. Instead it compliments it. It’ll be the place where they’ll post news, publication dates and book signing events. I’m particularly happy about this because, as I’ve said in my FAQ, most of the time I don’t know what the publication dates are. Now I have somewhere to go to check them, too! (However, foreign language editions aren’t included on the site.)

If there’s a particularly juicy bit of news on the site I’ll link to it here. But remember that I’m several hours around the world from the UK and US and posts may go up in the middle of the night, Aussie time, so if you are from those regions and like your news fresh and shiny, best bookmark the page of the site for your region.

I’ve put the link to in the sidebar as well as this post. Hop over there and check it out! 

Brisbane Bookstore Tour

This was the view from my hotel room:Brisbooks001.jpg

Southbank Sunset








I haven’t been to Brisbane for over twenty years, when I bussed through on the way to Expo88. So everything was shiny and new to me. The city was bigger than I remembered, not surpisingly, and very cosmopolitan. And not as hot as I’d expected. It was humid, but not the searing 40-45 degrees (Celcius – that’s 105-112 degrees Fahrenheit) I returned to in Melbourne.

The first bookshop Adèle, my Orbit guide, took me to was Angus & Robertson in Morayfield, where I signed stock for the lovely Lyn and Terry.

With Lyn








I’d woken up in the middle of the night with a frozen shoulder, possibly due to the hotel bed, and was in some pain so Lyn suggested I try the Chinese masseur nearby. Half an hour later, after the ‘cups’ treatment I somehow managed to order without realising it, I looked like this:

Cupping Marks








But I felt much better! We headed for Chermside, where at Dymocks I talked football with Byron and signed more books for Sue.

With Sue










And then we visited Mega Books, a newsagency with a big book section at Toombul, where I signed lots of books – in two displays!

With Lisa







And a savvy shopper, Elsa, took advantage of having a real, live author on hand to get a present for her daughter and granddaughter.

With Elsa (photo thanks to Adèle Fewster)








A late but very delicious lunch at Riverside books followed. Good food, good books, great company. I wish I had a shop like this near me!

With Emily











Sampling the product








Adèle, wearing amazing shoes that gave me a serious case of boot-envy.










Next stop was Dymocks Indooroopilly, and the lovely Jo Ann.

With Jo Ann










Then Dymocks Brisbane City, where the store was closed for stock take, but as we arrived we encountered a reader who was trying to see the price of my book, and invited her in. She looked completely disbelieving at first when Adèle told her who I was! I signed a book for her and the shop put it aside for her to return and buy the next day.

With Sam – I hope you enjoyed the book!









With Pam & Jon and lots of signed books








Finally, we popped into Pulp Fiction, where I gossiped with Ron Serdiuk and signed yet more books.

With Ron










After a short rest at the hotel, Adèle took me to La Belle Epoque French Restaurant in Fortitude Valley, where I enjoyed a delicious meal with her, Matt Hoy from Orbit, Ron (Pulp Fiction), Chris (Coaldrakes Books), Emily (Riverbend Books, Rosy (Dymocks Indooroopilly), and Krissy (a reader and writer). We talked (and gossiped) about books, films, publishing and had a very fun and at time hilarious night.

Matt, Rosy, Chris, Ron, Emily, me, Krissy  (photo thanks to Adèle Fewster)








All in all, a very enjoyable book tour – and all due to some very lovely, fun, book-loving people. Thankyou to all the booksellers, and to Adèle for being the perfect tour guide. I had a wonderful trip and can’t wait for the next one.

The Magician’s Apprentice Launch and the Aurealis Awards

Last Saturday I had the good fortune to have my book launched at a fantastic venue by lovely people just before the annual Aurealis Awards ceremony in Brisbane.




My publisher, Bernadette, began with introductions then Marianne de Pierres, fellow Aussie author extraodinaire, gave an amazing speech, saying wonderful things about my books and revealing things about them I didn’t even know – like how long they’d been on bestseller lists!




Then it was my turn. I talked about the difficult time I had while writing the book, read a funny email from my UK editor, and tried to keep the thankyous short and sweet, then couldn’t resisit finishing with an appalling pun.






There were gifts…





Books were signed. Thank you to everyone who bought a copy, especially those who decided to give my work a try for the first time.









There were photos…

(left to right: Bernadette, me, Marianne) 






And then we all made our way into the Judith Write Centre of Performing Arts for the 2008 Aurealis Awards Ceremony.

Back when the awards were created I was the art director for Aurealis magazine. The ceremony was held in a small Melbourne specialty sf bookshop and the awards themselves were certificates printed out on my printer (which were later replaced by the sculptural version given in following years). They gradually became more well known, the venues ranging from a big commercial bookstore’s cafe (where you couldn’t hear a thing for the coffee machine) and a university theatre.

Then they moved to Brisbane and I ‘retired’ from being the magazine’s art director. I wasn’t able to get to Brisbane for the awards until this year. And was I impressed! Now there are frocks and suits, hosts and presenters, and it all looks and feels very polished and professional. But not stuffy – there was a real feeling of celebration for the genres and those who write, edit or illustrate in them.

Over the years since the beginning, I’ve had glimpses through people involved in organising, convening and judging the awards of the enormous task it is. The organisers did a fabulous job. I now want to head up north every year to glam up, see the ceremony and celebrate the best of Australian sf. 

(If you’d like to know more, and/or see the shortlist and winners, check out the Aurealis Awards website.)

Brisbane, Here I Come!

I’m back from the writing retreat. We had a fabulous time and I reached the halfway point of the first draft of The Ambassador’s Mission. Now I have a few frantic days to catch up and prepare for the launch of The Magician’s Apprentice at the Aurealis Awards on Saturday.

It’s all getting very exciting! This morning I received the first report of a ‘sighting’ of The Magician’s Apprentice in a Melbourne bookstore. And yesterday the schedule for my Brisbane visit arrived. I’ll be signing books in these shops next Tuesday (the 27th):

9am                 Angus & Robertson Morayfield

Shop 62 Morayfield Shopping Centre

Morayfield QLD 4506

10:00am          Dymocks Chermside

Shop 249 Westfield Shoppingtown

Chermside QLD 4032

11am               Mega Books

Shoppingtown Newsagency

Sandgate Road

Toombul QLD 4012                         

12:00pm          Riverbend Books

193 Oxford Stree

Bulimba QLD 4171

1:30pm            Dymocks Indooroopilly

Level 3, Indooroopilly Shoppingtown

318 Moggill Road

Indooroopilly QLD 4068

2:30pm            Dymocks Brisbane City

Macarthur Central

Cnr Queen & Edward Streets

Brisbane QLD 4000

So if you happen to be at one of these locations while I’m there, come up and say ‘hi’ and I’ll sign your books personally. (Or your autograph book. Or your bus ticket. Or your arm.) Otherwise, pop into the shops when you can for a signed copy of The Magician’s Apprentice. And probably as many other books of mine that I can sign in the time we’ve got. 

Toury dates for Canberra and Sydney are now likely to occur in late February and early March. I’ll post ’em when I know ’em.

Two Weeks

For the next two weeks I’m going to be at a writers retreat with no internet access – unless we manage to find an internet cafe in one of the local country towns, and then I doubt I’ll be getting a daily fix.

My partner will post any important information that my publisher sends to me. (He’s not going to the retreat, having gone nearly bonkers from being stuck with only us crazy writers for company for a fortnight last year!) Hopefully that will include a link to a new website my publishers have created for fans of my books, and a list of the events in my coming Aussie tour. (No tours planned outside Australia yet.)

This means I probably won’t be approving guestbook entries, blog comments or reading fanmail, either. I’ll have to do a catch-up when I get back. In the meantime I’ll be madly working on The Ambassador’s Mission, hoping to get to the halfway point by the time I return home.