The book launch for Worlds Next Door took place on Thursday August 19, 2010 at the Rockingham Community Library. Hosted by Simon Haynes, author of the fantastic Hal Spacejock series, with readings by contributors Leith Daniel and Jen Banyard, more than 65 people came along and enjoyed the event.
I was delighted with the turn out, and enjoyed the launch very much, as did everyone who I’ve spoken to about it. Lee Battersby said some very kind things on his blog; I particularly liked his appreciation for the kid-friendliness of the event.
I was very fortunate to have a number of good friends offer catering assistance and other help with the launch; particular mention must be made of Terri Sellen who baked and gorgeously decorated eleventy million cupcakes and a beautiful bookshelf cake. Incredible!
I’ve posted a whole bunch of photos in an public Facebook album here – many taken by my friend Leanne Joyce, others on my camera by myself, my husband and anyone else who got a hold of the camera!
Things have been a bit quiet around here for a couple of weeks. There are many reasons for this, one of the primary ones being the preparations for the official launch of Worlds Next Door, which takes place tomorrow evening.
The book has been out in the wild for a couple of weeks now, with some very positive feedback being blogged, tweeted and Facebooked about, which is lovely to see. Check out the FableCroft twitter feed for some of the retweets (and sometime real soon I will start a Reviews page on the website!).
Simon Haynes, of Hal Spacejock fame, is hosting the launch for us, and there will be readings by at least two of the authors, giveaways, fun for the kids, and lots of food and drink!
The Rockingham Community Library is very kindly providing the venue, and we’ll have lots of photos to share in a day or two. Should be lots of fun!
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE WORLDS NEXT DOOR BOOK LAUNCH!
Date: Thursday, 19 August 2010
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Location: Rockingham Community Library, Dixon Road, Rockingham
Worlds Next Door is an Australian anthology of speculative fiction stories for 9-13 year olds. Published by FableCroft Publishing and edited by Tehani Wessely, Worlds Next Door contains stories by 25 Australian authors, each illustrated by Australian artists. Many of the authors in the pages are award-winning and well-known writers of children’s fiction, and the anthology is compiled to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, with an accompanying website containing free teaching materials, story downloads, podcasts, guest blogs and more. worldsnextdoor.wordpress.com
Teachers, librarians, children, families, friends and interested persons are invited to celebrate the launch of Worlds Next Door, the flagship book from Rockingham publishing house FableCroft. Drinks and nibblies for all ages will be provided, and there will be lots of prizes to win!
Hosted by Perth author Simon Haynes (of Hal Spacejock fame) with participation by the editor/publisher and local authors. Come along and join the fun!