Litbits: Happenings in the Canberra literary scene, November 17, 2018

November 17: Celebrate the launch of the revised edition of the award-winning cookbook Tasting India by joining acclaimed chef Christine Manfield and Alison Wright for a free-range, free-wheeling Saturday afternoon conversation on food, travel and the allure of India. Muse Canberra, from 3pm.

Christine Manfield: At Muse Canberra, on November 17.

Christine Manfield: At Muse Canberra, on November 17.Credit:Steven Siewert

November 17: Meet fantasy author Alan Baxter at the launch of his latest novel, Devouring Dark, at Harry Hartog Westfield Woden at 5.30 for 6pm. He will be joined by author Kaaron Warren. Free. RSVP via

November 19: That Poetry Thing: Analecta launch: Readings from the University of Canberra's annual writing journal for 2018. Free entry, no open mic. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7-9pm.

November 20: Join author Deborah Burrows, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN (Australian College of Nursing chief executive officer) and Marni Tuala (Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives NSW director and deputy president) for the launch of this new book providing insight into one of Australia’s most trusted professions: nursing. National Library of Australia, 6pm. Free.

November 22: At 6pm at the Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, Patrick Mullins’ biography of Billy McMahon, Tiberius With A Telephone (Scribe), will be launched by Professor Matthew Ricketson, of Deakin University. RSVP to [email protected]

November 22: At 6pm in the China in the World Auditorium, in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, David Marr will be in conversation with Frank Bongiorno on Marr's My Country, reflections on religion, sex, censorship and the law; and accounts of leaders, moralists and scandalmongers. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

November 22: At 7pm. Poetry at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest. Samia Goudie, Paul Cliff, Asha Naznin. $10 entry, nibbles and wine included.

November 24-25: Comedian Tim Ferguson will conduct a two-day comedy writing masterclass at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. 9am to 5pm both days.

November 24: Head to Paperchain for the launch of The Ruby Red Slippers by Tianqing Fan. This book was awarded first place in the Year 3-4 Picture Book Award of the Make Your Own Book competition organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia (ACT Branch). Paper and pencils will be provided so that you too can make your own book. Paperchain, Manuka, 1.30pm.

November 25: Social affairs writer Rick Morton will discuss his autobiography, One Hundred Years of Dirt. A story of social mobility, class, childhood trauma, homophobia, mental illness and drug addiction. It is the story of Australia’s fringes: social and geographical. At Muse with Gabrielle Chan at 3pm. $12 includes a drink.

November 25: Final Brush with Poetry for 2018. Enjoy coffee, cake and conversation sprinkled with metaphors and music. Hear contemporary and traditional voices. Relax in the ambience of Café on Queen, on the banks of the Balgalal Creek, 15 Queen St, Binalong. MCs Lizz Murphy and Gregory Piko. Free open mike event. 1.30pm for 2pm. Details: 0401 289 178.

November 26: That Poetry Thing: Kent McCarter (VIC) and Vanessa Proctor (NSW): Writer and Cordite editor/publisher McCarter joins award-winning poet Proctor. $5 on the door, includes open mic. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7-9pm.

November 28: Llewellyn Hall at 6pm. Former Monty Python member Eric Idle will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Idle's new book, Always look on the bright side of life. A sortabiography. Tickets $50, including an autographed copy of the book. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

November 29: At Muse at 5.30pm will be the Canberra launch of The Conversation Yearbook 2018, in which experts discuss the year. $12 includes a drink.

November 29: Join author Sean Costello and illustrator Juliette Dudley for a conversation led by the ACT Writers Centre's 2017 Lit-Blogger, Angharad Lodwick (Lost the Plot podcast), as they discuss all things Canberra and Costello and Dudley's new book Capital Yarns. Paperchain, Manuka, 6pm.

November 30: Jane Thomson, the founder and managing director of The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society, will be talking about her new book The Fabulous Ladies' Guide To Wine, a book specifically for – and about – women who love wine and those who produce it. With special guest Natalie Pizzini from Pizzini Wines who will host a wine tasting. Paperchain Manuka, 6pm.

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