The Crying Place launch dates
February 23 6:30pm: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton. See details here
February 26 1:30pm: Burrinja Cultural Centre, 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey. Books available on the day (cash only). See details here
Adelaide Writers’ Week: March 4-9
March 9, 2:30-3:30: Out Bush, with Lia Hills and Kim Mahood. Some of the myths of the outback are undone as these two writers explore desert places. Chair: Cath Kenneally.
Realm: March 18
The Art of the Novel with Lia Hills, Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood. 10am-1pm
Dymocks Camberwell Book Club: April 4
Author talk. Firechief restaurant, across from Dymocks Camberwell: 6.45pm-8.15pm. Bookings recommended.
High Road to Reading: May 4
Author talk and workshop, Wallan library, 5:30-8pm. Bookings essential.
Central Australian Book tour: May 9-24
We’ll be taking The Crying Place on the road, visiting the locations that feature in the novel and bringing the story to these communities, culminating in the NT Writers’ festival in Alice Springs. Regular updates will be available on Lia’s FB author page, including footage and images.
May 9: author talk, Red Rocks Books and Gallery, Horsham, 1pm
May 10: author talk, Mt Barker library, Adelaide Hills, 2pm. Book here.
May 10: Brilliant Books: The Crying Place, author talk, Burnside Library, Adelaide, 6:30pm. Free event but bookings essential
May 11: Meg’s Bookshop, author talk, Port Pirie, 6pm
May 13: author talk, Coober Pedy, details TBC
NT Writers’ Festival, Alice Springs, 18-21 May: Crossings | Iwerre-atherre.
May 20: Reading Rooms, The Residency, Alice Springs, 7:30-9pm
Shhh! Once the social and administrative hub of the early township of Alice Springs, host to visiting dignitaries (including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh!), the Residency will tonight become a house of reading, where several writers will give intimate readings from recent works, in honour of the quiet space of reading. Featuring Michael Giacommetti, Eunice Andrada, Leni Shilton, Lia Hills, Ted Egan and Michelle Cahill.
May 21: The Crying Place NT launch, Olive Pink Botanic Garden gallery, 1-1:45pm
Lia Hills will be in conversation with Craig San Roque, Alice icon and writer of intercultural works, performance pieces, and the acclaimed The Long Weekend in Alice Springs. This event will be live-streamed.
May 21: Language Crossings: the poetics, politics and publishing of language (Olive Pink Botanic Garden gazebo), 3-4pm.
Publishing in standardised languages arguably leads to wider readership, greater connectivity and perhaps even empathy across cultures and borders. But what is lost in translation? What is left of multilingualism? Writers, linguists, educators and publishers talk about language, the base element of writing. With Lia Hills, Lizzie Ellis, Agustinus Wibowo and Terri-ann White.
Wordfest launch with Maxine McKew and Lia Hills, June 1, 6:30-9pm
Former politician and journalist Maxine McKew and author and poet Lia Hills will discuss their ‘journey of words’ in keeping with the theme of this year’s festival. Free admission. Book on 9560 1655.
Author Talk: Lia Hills, Mornington Library, June 30, 11am
Come along to hear Lia Hills talk about her novel, The Crying Place, described as a stunning literary debut that takes the reader into the mysteries and truths that lie at the heart of our country.
Poet in residence, Lauriston Girls’ School, July 24-August 3
The Sunday Literary Lunch Series: Lia Hills and Holly Throsby in conversation with Hannie Rayson, July 30, 1pm
A three course gourmet lunch and a copy of each author’s novel they are discussing is included in your ticket price. Presented by Lighthouse Literary fest and Great Escape Books. To be held at Little Feast, upstairs function room, 85 Great Ocean Rd Aireys Inlet. Tickets: $95.00 p.p. BOOKED OUT
Lia Hills in conversation with Maria Takolander, The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, August 9, 6:30pm
The Crying Place has been described as a haunting, luminous novel about love, country and the ways we grieve. Join critically-acclaimed poet, novelist and translator, Lia Hills, in conversation with Maria Takolander, as they explore the fascinating research undertaken and her experiences in remote communities while writing the book.
Melbourne Writers Festival: Lia Hills: The Crying Place, September 3, 4pm
Journeying into the heart of the Australian desert, The Crying Place is a haunting novel about love, grief and country. Author Lia Hills is interviewed by Tony Birch about her new novel and its exploration of the transformative power of place.
Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, September 8-10, TBA