Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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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.

It’s Here!

Look what arrived the other day:


Yep, my advance copy of The Magician’s Apprentice

Now, as you can see, it’s a trade paperback. I thought the book was coming out in hardback first, but I might be wrong. I might have been told otherwise and forgotten. (It’s been a busy few months.) It might be that some places will get paperback and other hardback.

My publisher has shut down for the holidays so I can’t email to check, so I did what I usually end up doing when I need to find out when one of my books is due out – looked it up on bookshop sites. First I looked up the book on Amazon UK and Amazon US. They list it as hardback, due out Feb 5th and 23rd respectively. But on the Borders site it’s listed as paperback.

Then I looked up some major Aussie bookshop sites:

  • Angus & Robertson – not listed.
  • Borders’ Australian Site – has no search function
  • Dymocks – listed (yay!) as hardback
  • Collins Bookstores – listed, as paperback (jan 09) AND hardback (feb 09) AND audio (feb 09)

That last one was odd. Usually hardbacks come out before paperbacks. Next I went to a few specialty bookstores:

  • Galaxy – both hardback and paperback listed for Feb 09
  • Infinitas – both but no date
  • Minotour – lists it but doesn’t say what binding it is

So I’m afraid I can’t clarify whether the books is going to be paperback or hardback right now. But I do have a trade paperback in my hands. Perhaps Australia is going to be getting paperbacks, while the rest of the world gets hardback first. That would make sense – hardbacks don’t always sell that well here, with our smaller population.

Right now I don’t care, because I finally have the result of over a year and a quarter’s hard work in my hands, and it’s mine, all mine! 

The Magician’s Apprentice Extract is Up!

Here it is! The first chapter.

The book’s release date is still February, and the Australian Orbit team are organising some events in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. I’ll post dates, times and places when I know the details.

For now, happy whatever-you-celebrate-at-this-time-of-year!