Orange City Library is offering local book-lovers the opportunity to meet three talented Central West authors during May.
Bathurst-based sci-fi writer David Stanley, Orange best-selling author Kelly Rimmer and Orange teacher and author Drew Bale will talk about their books at author talks throughout the month.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd encouraged booklovers to come along to the events and support the local authors.
“There is some incredible creative talent right here in the Central West, and I’m sure many of our local people and places have provided inspiration for their stories,” he said.
“Come along to the library and chat to the authors about their writing process and what inspires them.”
- David Stanley will discuss his new book Ironbark Creek at Orange City Library on Wednesday 5 May at 5.30pm. A sci-fi thriller, Ironbark Creek is set in the near future as COVID-25 races across the world. It is about Cathy, an Indigenous woman and nurse from Wellington, and Jack, a stranger, who struggle to find a safe place as the dead, the ‘turned’ seek to destroy the world. It is set in the Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo areas and the fictional town of Ironbark Creek.
- Bestselling Australian author, Kelly Rimmer will talk about her new book The Warsaw Orphan at Orange City Library on Thursday 13 May at 5.30pm. The Warsaw Orphan enthrals readers with authentically woven moral dilemmas, complications and unavoidable truths of war. It is Kellys most meticulously researched, compelling and emotional novel to date. Her family history saw her travel to Poland to research. She spent several weeks in Poland and her research had a profound affect on her, inspiring her writing, Kelly says the best fiction always contains threads of the personal.
- Join Drew Bale at the launch of his second book Creek Crew: Kingdom of the Creek at Orange City Library on Thursday 27 May at 5.30pm. The Orange teacher enjoyed success with his first novel Following the Leader and now he has published a second book – Creek Crew: Kingdom of the Creek. Join Drew at the library to celebrate his writing, launch his second book and hear what’s next for the author. The story is based on true events, real people and places, and is set within Orange itself.
All the author events are supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange. Bookings are available online via Eventbrite or by calling Orange City Library on 6393 8132.
More about David Stanley’s Ironbark Creek
Ironbark Creek is set in the near future as COVID-25 races across the world. It is about Cathy, an Indigenous woman and nurse from Wellington. She and Jack, a stranger, struggle to find a safe place to survive the growing difficulties as the ‘turned’ ravage the local community and the world. The vaccine, the cure, is thought to have caused the problems humanity now faces. The book is set in the Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo area and Cathy and Jack go to Ironbark Creek (a small fictional town) to establish a home and build a community that can survive the challenges that face them all as the dead, the ‘turned’, seek to destroy everything.
More about Kelly Rimmer’s The Warsaw Orphan
In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. But she has no idea what goes on behind the walls of the Jewish Ghetto nearby until she makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism. Elzbieta comes face to face with the plight of the Gorka family who must give up their newborn daughter – or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs in him a rebellion not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. His recklessness puts their families in harm’s way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever. The Warsaw Orphan’s heroine, Elzbieta Rabinek was inspired by the real-life heroine, Irena Sendlerowa who smuggled thousands of Jewish children to safety during WWII. Irena was a social worker in Warsaw and a member of Zegota, a secret organisation set up by the Polish government in exile in London in the second world war to rescue Polish Jews, she was nominated for a Nobel peace prize in 2007.
More about Drew Bale’s Creek Crew: Kingdom of the Creek
Hunter is a young man who has lived in several different homes in his short life. Because of this he has few friends, but instead he has a wild imagination. Finally, his family settles in a new house, one where he is expected to stay for some time. He discovers that out the back is an area that is yet to be explored, with vast grassy paddocks, swift flowing creeks, sludge filled swamps and tree covered hills. Along with this new environment he also becomes fast friends with the neighbours, and together they imagine all sorts of games, adventures and mischief. Life occurs in an around the small group, who call themselves the Creek Crew, and eventually they are faced with a choice. Do they continue to have fun and play together, or do they grow up and leave it all behind them like life expects them to. The story is based on true events, real people and places, and is set within Orange itself. For anyone who found their own fun by stepping outside and just, playing.