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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Perth Writers Festival Happenings and Giveaway!

Over the last week, I have been working in the book tent at the Perth Writers Festival. For those of you who didn't see my post back in January, PWF is an annual event in Perth held over the long weekend at the beginning of March and at the end of the Perth International Arts Festival. It is three days of local and international authors giving talks and workshops.

We don't get a lot of memorable moments working in the book tent but I did get to briefly meet Perth author Amanda 'AJ' Betts whose book, Wavelength, I reviewed last year. She came up to the cash register to buy something and I got a bit nervous and tongue-tied when I introduced myself, but she was lovely :)

There were quite a few talks I had hoped to attend but unfortunately, my shifts in the book tent were at the same time so I was unable to make it to any of them, except for half of the Melina Marchetta and Bernard Beckett talk (which I embarrassingly had to leave in the middle of, to make it to my shift).

Marchetta and Beckett

I'm sure most of you have heard of Melina Marchetta, someone Australian bloggers talk about and whose books are recommended left, right and centre, but Bernard Beckett, is a slightly lesser known New Zealand YA author. I have seen some of his books around in the past but never actually read one. But this weekend, I bought two (and had to stop myself from buying the others)! I can't wait to start them!

, Beckett's latest book which was released last week, and the multi-award winning Genesis were the two I chose. I desperately wanted to get both these, and a couple of Marchetta books signed, but, being stuck in the extremely busy book tent, wasn't able to get away. Instead, my amazing friend Bryton lined up for me! She is totally awesome. Unfortunately, Marchetta wasn't signing (so, so annoyed and I could rant about it for quite some time, but I wont) but Bernard was, and he very generously posed for a photo so I could actually see him signing my books :D


At my request, Bryton also got a second copy of both August and Genesis signed for two lucky followers! The give-away is open Australia wide until March 31st 2011.

To enter there are two simple steps:

1. You must be a follower.
2. Leave me a comment on this post with which title you would like to win and tell me something that you like about The Tales Compendium.

Also, telling others isn't required but is appreciated. Please feel free to use the give-away button found below and link it back to this page.

August by Bernard Beckett

Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.

As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be seen and rescued, we discover the stories of their lives, the sequences of events that brought them together and the shocking truth behind the cause of their crash.

Part philosophical thriller, part love story, August is a compelling novel of power, humanity and desire.

Genesis by Bernard Beckett

It’s the year 2075.

The island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe but not free. They live in complete isolation from the outside world. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea.

Anaximander, a young Academy student, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. What secrets has she discovered and what is her own surprising link to Adam? She is forced to confront the horrifying truth about her totalitarian world.

Genesis is a thriller that asks the big questions. What is it to be human? What makes a soul?


  1. Hi Jess - what an awesome giveaway! Sounds like Perth Writers Festival was fab (even if you were stuck with bookselling duties for part of it).

    I'd love to win August and I love that the Tales Compendium showcases Aussie YA and spotlights Perth authors (as a Melburnian, it's always exciting to hear what's happening in the literary world on the other side of the country).

    Steph :)

  2. Great giveaway Jess. And I very jealous you got to attend (well at least part of it) Marchetta's talk.

    What I love most about Tale of Compendium is your great taste of books (and literary crushes eg Dave) and all the awesome Aussie books you read.

    I would love to enter the giveaway for August. Thanks. I will mention the competition too on my blog in a couple of days :)


  3. Hey Jess. Glad you had an awesome time and also what an awesome giveaway!

    It's really hard to choose between one of those books. They just sound so great. One a psychological thriller, and the other a totalitarian society!! WHY MAKE IT HARD TO CHOOSE?!

    I guess I'll choose August, like Nic and Steph....but if no one chooses Genesis...then put me in for that instead :)




  4. I was lucky enough to hear Bernard Beckett talk here in Melbourne last night and I thought he was a really good speaker!

    Don't worry about putting me in for the contest. I just got both of these books myself!

  5. Hey Jess.
    They both look so great. I think I will go August.
    Something i like about thetalescompendium. Wow. I love everything.
    I love your taste in books and your reviews.
    Thanks for keeping me posted on the best books :)

  6. Thanks everyone!

    And if anyone is interested, I have another give-away going on where you can win one of three books by Perth authors.


  7. I like The Tales Compendium because it's Australian! Big yay! Plus you talk about books that I'm interested in. I'd probably go with Genesis,thanks.


  8. I can't believe I haven't entered this comp yet! I would like to win Genesis, and I love that TTC is Perth based (woot perth!!) :-)


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