Library Lovers: online author talks

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell is a free monthly program available exclusively to Australian library members.

Hosted by the delightful bestselling author Maya Linnell, each monthly online event features a series of guests, including an author, a lifestyle expert and a local librarian.

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell is a free monthly program brought to you by Libby eBooks and Audiobooks. Each month, we invite guests to join us on the third Wednesday of each month to engage and interact with industry leaders, authors, and library superstars. For each event, a Zoom link will be posted here for guests to join the discussion instantly.

Wednesday September 21, 7 pm AEST

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell features award-winning financial adviser and author Victoria Devine, children's author and podcaster Dani Vee and Wattle Range Libraries' Janice Nitschke.

She's on the Money by Victoria Devine 

Victoria Devine is a multi-award-winning financial adviser who is transforming the way we think about money. With a background in behavioural psychology, her own financial advisory business, Zella, and a chart-topping podcast, Victoria knows how to make hard-to-understand concepts fun, fresh and relatable.

Victoria has been a guest speaker at events and featured in publications such as The Financial Standard, Vogue and Business Chicks 9 to Thrive. She has also been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list for 2021.

If you can’t find her, chances are she’s at home with an oat latte in one hand and her Old English Sheepadoodle, Lucy, in the other. 

She's on the Money is currently available in print and electronic versions on our catalogue.

Children's author and podcaster Dani Vee 

Dani's debut picture book 'My EXTRAordinary Mum', published by Larrikin House was released in August 2022. Her 'Unlucky Dad' six picture book series and a short story in a crime fiction anthology are coming soon! 

Dani Vee is also host of the popular literary podcast Words and Nerds. With over 35,000 listeners every month, and more than 400 episodes, the podcast has become a significant part of the Australian literary community. She has interviewed a wide variety of guests including Matthew Reilly, Trent Dalton, Jackie French, Tara Moss and Andy Griffiths.

When she's not writing, podcasting or facilitating literary festival panels Dani loves nothing more than reading Oscar Wilde with a cup of chamomile tea and dark chocolate.

Wattle range Libraries' Janice Nitschke 

Janice joined Wattle Range Libraries as a library assistant in 1968 when she was just 18 years old and within six months she took over the running of the library, and has since committed 50 years to her job. 

Ms Nitschke has held many board positions throughout her decades of service and boasts a long and impressive list of awards and achievements. In 2014, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to libraries and the community. 

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Previous events in this 2022 series

Wednesday July 20

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell in conversation with award winning stand-up comedian and author Benjamin Stevenson talking about his latest book Everyone in my family has killed someone, Australian Country Magazine editor Kirsty McKenzie and Yarra Libraries' Meaghan Dew.

Wednesday June 15

Library Lovers with Maya Linnell in conversation with bestselling thriller author Adele Parks about her new book One last secret, Gardening Australia journalist Phil Dudman and Redlands Library’s Emily Hartman.

Wednesday May 18

Maya Linnell in conversation with longstanding cookbook author and radio host Sally Wise OAM about her most recent book The comfort bake, Money Magazine editor-in-chief, Michelle Baltazar and Riverina Regional Library outreach and promotions co-ordinator, Amy Heap.

Wednesday April 20

Maya Linnell in conversation with best-selling rural fiction author Fleur McDonald about her new book Rising dust, Wavesound audiobook publisher's Acquisitions Manager Chiara Priorelli and Australian Library and Information Association President Vicki Edmunds.

Wednesday March 16

Maya Linnell in conversation with ABC Gardening Australia magazine editor Jenny Baldwin, cookbook guru Sophie Hansen, and Casey Cardinia Libraries.


Maya Linnell lives in country Victoria with her family and a menagerie of farm animals. She describes herself as a writer, baker and green thumb. She is also the bestselling author of the rural fiction books, Wildflower Ridge, Bottlebrush Creek and Magpie's Bend.

A former country journalist and radio host, Maya also blogs for Romance Writers Australia, loves baking up a storm, tending to her rambling garden and raising three young bookworms. Her new novel, Paperbark Hill, is out with Allen and Unwin in June.

Find Maya on Instagram @maya.linnell.writes or on Maya Linnell's website.