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 May 19, 7 pm AEST

The Comfort Bake by Sally Wise 

Life can be stressful and tough and sometimes just a bit ... meh. Baking is the perfect antidote to busy times, providing a double dose of solace: the contemplative act of baking itself, and the great big buttery prize at the end, which tastes even better when shared or given away entirely. You don't need fancy equipment or specialist skills. In this foolproof recipe collection, icon of good old-fashioned country cooking Sally Wise serves up recipes that are big on comfort and low on fuss. Savoury classics (including pies, quiches, breads and focaccia - and the creamiest potato bake ever) sit proudly alongside a glorious line-up of sweet treats, including Coffee Hazelnut Cake with Espresso Drizzle, Rhubarb & Caramel Slice, Spiced Ginger Cookie Sandwiches and a supremely simple Whisky & Orange Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding. The Comfort Bake is all the invitation you need to nourish yourself and your loved ones with food that warms the heart.

This month’s featured title, ‘The Comfort Bake’ by Sally Wise OAM, is available to borrow via our Libby App.


How to join

Register via Eventbrite to access a Zoom link for this event. 

Eventbrite Link: Library Lovers with Sally Wise OAM May Eventbrite

Zoom link: Library Lovers with Maya Linnell

Password: 471048

First Event Recording

The first Library Lovers recording is now available via YouTube and was held on Wednesday 16 March online.

Maya Linnell spoke with ABC Gardening Australia magazine editor Jenny Baldwin, cookbook guru Sophie Hansen, and Casey Cardinia Libraries. Enjoy a light-hearted engaging conversation from industry leaders about books, gardening, and cooking.


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.

Bestselling author and Library lovers host Maya Linnell