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Library lovers in for a double treat with two online author talks

Two very different authors will speak on their latest books next week as Latrobe City Libraries offer Zoom sessions with Dr Anita Heiss and Rachel Givney. 

Latrobe City Council Mayor, Cr Sharon Gibson said that it was a treat to welcome two such diverse writers on the library program. 

“Although the subject matters vary, both novels are told from a historical perspective and immerse the reader in a different time. Both of these books shine a light on periods of division and adversity,” she said. 

“Dr Heiss’ is set in Australia in the mid-19th century and draws on the power of the landscape to tell an epic love story. Ms Givney’s novel is set on the brink of the second World War and deals with family secrets and the destruction of lives through conflict,” Cr Gibson said. 

On Tuesday 1 June, from 6.30pm, via Zoom, Dr Heiss will be in conversation with journalist Claire Halliday about her historical novel ‘Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray’, which draws on real-life events from 1852 and features the Wiradjuri language to tell a powerful story of 'love, loss and belonging'. 

Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia's most prolific authors, with books published across many genres, including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction and children's literature. 

Her memoir ‘Am I Black Enough for You?’ was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and she was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards (Local Hero). As an advocate for Indigenous literacy, Anita has worked in remote communities as a role model and encouraging young Indigenous Australians to write their own stories. 

On Thursday 3 June, from 6.30pm, via Zoom, Rachel Givney, author of romantic time slip novel, ‘Jane in Love’, will talk about her latest publication, the historical fiction novel ‘Secrets my Father Kept’. Set in Poland on the eve of the Second World War, 'Secrets My Father Kept' is the gripping story of a young woman determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance and the dark secret from her father's past. 

Rachel is a writer and filmmaker originally from Sydney, Australia (currently based in Melbourne). She has worked on Offspring, The Warriors, McLeod's Daughters, Rescue: Special Ops and All Saints. 

Bookings are essential and can be made via Eventbrite or at your local library branch. 

The Anita Heiss event, to mark Reconciliation Week, is a collaboration between Latrobe City Libraries, East Gippsland Shire Libraries, West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation and Wellington Shire Libraries. 

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