Hosted by best-selling author Ben Hobson, each monthly event features a virtual interview with an author about their selected book.
Library card holders can borrow the book chosen for Ben's Book Club, with no waiting or holds on the Libby reading app. Users with a library card can download the selected title on any device 24/7 on the Libby app or by visiting OverDrive, read the title, and then join Ben online each month to meet the authors, and discuss their books. For each event, a Zoom link will be posted here for guests to join the discussion instantly.
Together We Read
Tuesday September 20, 7 pm AEST
Between September 6 and September 20 'Together We Read' invites anyone with a library card to borrow Australian author Jacquie Byron's wonderfully received novel Happy Hour, as an e-book or audiobook, and join Australia’s biggest annual online book club.
During this digital event, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with Jacquie and Ben, and enjoy a well-rounded bookish discussion. The Zoom link will be emailed to all attendees on the day of the event.
Happy Hour will be available to borrow from Libby, with no waitlists or holds, from September 6 to September 20.
Gin in one hand, paintbrush in the other, Franny Calderwood has turned her back on the world. Having lost her husband, Frank, she lives a life of decadent seclusion with her two dogs, Whisky and Soda and a stuffed cat. Then the Salernos move in next door.....
Happy Hour is a powerful story about one woman, two dogs and the family next door. It is a hilarious and uplifting insight into true love, loss and friendship.
Jacquie Byron’s early love of reading morphed into a love of writing and led her to study journalism.
In 2015 she was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship, helping her to complete her first fiction manuscript, Trouble Sleeping, which subsequently went on to achieve a highly commended in the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
Jacquie’s first novel Happy Hour was published through Allen & Unwin in September 2021.
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Join Via Zoom
You can use this link below to join the meeting if you didn't get the link via email.
Previous events in this 2022 series
Tuesday July 26
The July edition of Ben's Book Club features Tony Birch discussing his latest book The White Girl.
Tuesday June 28
The June edition of Ben's Book Club features Robert Lukins discussing his latest novel Loveland.
Tuesday May 24
The May edition of Ben's Book Club features Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson discussing their latest book Larrimah.
Tuesday April 26
The April edition of Ben's Book Club features Jane Caro discussing her latest book The Mother.
Tuesday March 22
The March edition of Ben's Book Club features Maryrose Cuskelly discussing her latest book The Cane.
Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane with his wife and their two small boys. He currently teaches English and Music at a Brisbane High School.
In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize, run by Seizure online. To Become a Whale, his first novel, published in 2017, was longlisted for the ABIA Debut Fiction award, and the Courier Mail’s People Choice Award. His second novel, Snake Island, was released in 2019.