Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Guest Post at Fantasy Cafe


A few days ago Fantasy Cafe published a guest post I wrote for them called “Doing What Comes Naturally: Aussie Women Writers of Fantasy” for their Women in SF&F Month. They are also giving away a copy of Thief’s Magic to one lucky visitor.

There are also many interesting post in this year’s Women Writers of Fantasy. In particular, I liked those by Barbara Friend Ish and Ginn Hale. So if you haven’t already been following, have a browse through the many great blog posts.

And while you’re there, help them compile the Big Giant List of Fantasy & Science Fiction Books By Women:


Bookplate Offer

Do you run or work in a bookstore? Would your store like signed bookplates to give away at the release of Thief’s Magic? I’m putting together a limited number of bookplate packs, 24 in each, signed by me. They feature this lovely artwork by Laurence Peguy, a french illustrator, which suits all of the series of books I’ve written.


It’s first in first served, so email me at ‘bookplates at (my name) dot com’ with your address and website (so I can confirm you really are a bookstore). According to Australia Post they should take 3-10 days to arrive, and I’m planning to post them early next week.

Supanova VIP Party Pics

Once again, I took along a polaroid camera to the VIP nights:






Winner of the Thief’s Magic Proof Copies

Unlike last year, nobody came to Supanova dressed as a character from my books – at least none that came up to me at the author stand for a photo – so I’ve decided to give both of the proof copies to entrants who sent photos via email. I numbered the entries chronologically, then went to a random number generator site to find the winners.

The first winner was no 11…


Which was Caitlin, who sent this fabulous pic:


The second winner was no 6…


Which was Marion, who took this beautiful photo:


Congratulations to both of the winners, and thanks to everyone who dressed up and sent me photos. The entries ranged from quirky and clever to atmospheric and detailed. All were awesome! And it was such a treat to see other people’s interpretations of characters I created.

Supanova Melbourne

Supanova in Melbourne was fabulous. I met many adorable fans and had a wonderful time with my fellow authors, guests and the Supanova staff and volunteers, despite having almost no voice at times thanks to picking up a cold the weekend before.

It was also very busy, so I didn’t manage to take as many photos. But I did get some good ‘uns…

With Lucy Lawless as one of the guests, both Supanovas had a few well exectued Xenas.


A very tolerant Cyberman who was commandeered for several photos next to the author table.


And Michael Pryor, author extraordinaire, who would occasionally bring out his flaming book. I now have prop envy.

I’m getting better at finding time to go shopping. I pick up these wonderful necklaces at the Gold Coast Supanova from Vaudeville Couture:


And this adorable turtle from Pirate Dragon:


I grabbed this wallet from one of my favourite designers, Jubly-Umph Originals:




And I couldn’t resist this replica cat skull from Night Shade FX:


Why? Because they’re interesting to draw and paint. And speaking of drawing… I picked up a couple of comics:


And bought some original art from Nen:


There was plenty more to be tempted by – in particular I wish I’d had more time to browse the t-shirts at Tiizy and I was very tempted by the cat face bags at Quirky Stylin Alternative Threads.

Next time, maybe.