With over 200 people celebrating the launch of the new IFWG fantasy adventure Brave’s Journey, it’s safe to say New Zealanders are fans of a good read. Held alongside a children’s art exhibition focused on the themes within the book, the launch was overrun with enthusiastic kids ready to show off their artwork and talk about Brave’s Journey. The cross pollination of literature and art was a great success, with visitors coming from far and wide.
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More about the event can be found in Jan’s extensive blog.
The following is a sample of photographs of the event:
On Wednesday 29th October, Esme Carpenter offically launched her debut novel Against the Elements in the UK to a small but enthusiastic crowd.
The evening started with a reading of an excerpt from Against the Elements and Esme chatting about the inspirations and themes of the book, and continued with a question and answer session which included conversations about strong female characters, favourite authors, and why teens should read less romance.
Afterwards, she read her short story ‘Azurewrath’ – perfect on the venue’s Hallowe’en open mic night! A cosy evening was had by all and the event was a great success. Thanks to the Sailmakers Arms in Hull for hosting, and to all who came out.
We at IFWG Publishing Australia, are very proud of this title, and especially chuffed with the fact that Esme had written this work when she was in her mid-teens – a talented author indeed. Congratulations, Esme!
On 30 May 2014 Rowena Evans’ launch of her children’s novel, Sealskin Coast, was held at Cooma Public Library, in the Snowy Mountains (for international readers, it is in the state of New South Wales, Australia).
The launch went well with a large turn out, and all available copies were sold. The library staff put a lot of work into it, and said they renewed relationships with several inactive borrowers, and got one or two new ones as well. They bought two copies for their collection and at least one of the local schools has them too.
Rowena, author and illustrator of her novel, did a workshop with a local school that morning and is hoping to do others with nearby schools in the future.
They had, depending on the person estimating, between 60 and 100 people there, and the local press (Monaro Post and the Cooma-Monaro Express) took photos. Rowena’s ex-lighthouse keeper friend, Richard Jermyn, made a very nice opening speech and they had a colouring competition – by good chance the winner was one of the children present.
We at IFWG Publishing Australia, are proud of this wonderful title, and especially chuffed with Rowena’s efforts in coordinating a very successful launch of her debut solo novel. Congratulations, Rowena!
Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)
Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena’s, was master of ceremonies
Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech
Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch
Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, “The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry”, the song quoted in Sealskin Coast
Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production
Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)
Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch
Paula Boer, author of the Brumbies series, was part of the official launch of the fourth instalment of her five part series, Brumbies in the Outback.
Saturday 7th June 2014. Paula Boer gave a brief talk of the three years she and her husband Pete worked in cattle stations which inspired Brumbies in the Outback. Snowprint Bookshop in Jindabyne NSW ran a photo competition to launch the book. The winners were: Wild horse category – winner Peter Bartrip; Highly Commended – Bob Lawton and Ruth Donovan; Domestic horse category – Sally Weston.
Congratulations to all the winners!
The tyranny of distance has meant that IFWG can’t attend Michael B Fletcher’s official book launch of Kings of Under-Castle, but we will be there in spirit. We ask any of you who read this posting who live near Launceston, Tasmania, or know of anyone who does, to encourage attendance. It promises to be a great event, with nibbles, book signing, and guest speaker Cameron Hindrum. We believe a radio interview or two are slotted as well. Well done, Michael!
The Paper Magic book launch at Eglinton Public School (NSW, Australia) on Saturday afternoon (26 October 2013) was a very successful and festive event. Public response was excellent with over 140 guests in attendance. The launch was officially opened by Principal Graham Small who gave a heartfelt introduction to the proceedings. He was presented with a ten book set of Paper Magic to be used in classroom literacy programs.
Year six Eglinton student, Madeline Cole, read an excerpt from the book before the author, Jeffery E Doherty, spoke about storytelling and the inspiration behind writing Paper Magic. He also spoke about how working at the school was the perfect place to find stories. “Nearly every day I see something at school where I say, that has to go in a book.” He also thanked his editor Gerry Huntman and publisher IFWG Publishing Australia for taking a chance on him.
Jeff brought the people who modeled for the illustrations in the book up onto the stage and presented each of them with a framed illustration from the book. He also gave away the original pastel illustration he designed for the limited edition book plate to one lucky guest. All the children who attended went home with some gift and most had their faces painted by an industrious fairy that spent the entire event madly painting in the corner.
A representative from Books Plus in Bathurst handled the book sales to the public during the launch and Jeff was thankful for the support they have shown to him since he originally signed the contract for publication.
The following are a few photos of the event.
Attendees at the launch
Models for the book’s illustrations
Formal book launch