Litbits October 21 2017

October 22: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, the Feminist Writers Festival is holding Giving Up The Good Girl, a discussion about how expectations for women are changing, challenging and rejecting gender roles, and learning to give up being so damn nice, featuring Shu-Ling Chua and Rosanna Stevens, and chaired by FWF's own Louise Taylor. Tickets: $10.

October 24: At Muse at 6pm Suzanne Bellamy will launch Susan Hawthorne's Dark Matters and Melinda Tankard Reist will launch Renate Klein's Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation. Free event.

October 25: Two poetry collections from UWA Publishing, Sarah Rice's Fingertip of the Tongue and Paul Munden's Chromatic, will be launched by Canberra poet Melinda Smith at the National Library of Australia at 6pm. Bookings:

October 25: Musician Jimmy Barnes will talk about the second volume of his memoir, Working Class Man, at the Theatre, Lower Ground 1, National Library of Australia, at 7pm. Admission $20 includes refreshments.

October 26: In the National Library of Australia Fellowship presentation, Enlightening the Child: Chinese Children's Literatureat the Crossroads, 1875-1919, Dr Shih-Wen (Sue) Chen uses the National Library of Australia's collection of reading materials for children published by Protestant missionaries and Chinese reformers to discuss how texts and cultures were shared during a period of political unrest in Chinese history. National Library of Australia Conference Room, 5.15 for 5.30pm, free. Bookings essential:

October 26: Shadow finance minister Jim Chalmers will talk about his new book, Changing Jobs: The fair go in the new machine age, at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP telephone 6295 672.

October 27: At 6pm in Llewellyn Hall, School of Music ANU. Kevin Rudd will be in conversation with Stan Grant on the former prime minister's new book, Not for the Faint Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007. Event chaired by ANU's vice-chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt. or 6125 4144. Book signings at 7pm. Free event.

October 28: Join a special event at the National Library of Australia at 1.30pm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joan Lindsay's novel Picnic at Hanging Rock with dramatised readings from the novel by Australian actors and discussions hosted by Genevieve Jacobs as well as afternoon tea. $20. Bookings: or 6262 1111.

October 29:Remembering Belgium 1917 is an afternoon of readings and music reflecting on the experience of Australians serving in Belgium in 1917. Tuggeranong Homestead, 2pm. Entry fee of $15 includes Devonshire tea. Bookings essential, RSVP by October 27. Phone Jan on 0429 802 339 or email

October 29: Veteran journalist Hugh Riminton will launch his memoir, Minefields: A life in the news game, at Muse at 3pm. Tickets: $12 (includes a glass of house wine or soft drink).

November 3: At 6.15pm are pre-drinks and canapes, followed by dinner at 7pm at The Hall, University House for a Meet the Chef event with Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran in conversation with Alex Sloan about Moran's new book Australian Food: Coast + Country. $95 a person. Bookings at University House, 6125 5211 or Book signings before and after the dinner.

November 7: At 6.30pm in the China in the World auditorium, ANU, in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Terri Butler and Andrew Leigh will discuss the political process based on Butler's new bookLabour of Love. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

November 14: At 6pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU, in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Walkley award winner Chris Masters will be in conversation with former Chief of Army Peter Leahy on Masters' new book, No Front Line. Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

November 30: Meet Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authors of the science fiction novel Unearthed, at Harry Hartog Bookseller, Westfield Woden, at 6pm. Free. RSVP: (02) 6232 5832 or

This story Litbits October 21 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.