On Sunday 29 May at Glen Eira Town Hall, we have a full day of panels, interviews and even a children’s program. One of our initiatives is to create what we are calling the Publishing Hub, a room between the Lunch Hub and Bookselling Hub, where authors can hold a book launch/reading/signing or other activities. These events are free, and we encourage you to include the Publishing Hub in your Sunday Schedule. 

No bookings are required for Publishing Hub events. 

10:00-10:45 am
Andy Mia Kranz: Reading

Come along to an immersive telling of the true tale, The Secret Home. Read in person by Tomi Kalinski, live music by Adam Starr, accompanied by visual projections of the richly coloured watercolour illustrations from the book, painted by the author & illustrator Andy Mia Kranz.

11:00-11:45 am
Joe Reich: Book launch  

In his novel Ein Stein, Joe Reich weaves an interesting – sometimes outrageous – blend of fact and fiction, history and current times, drawing the reader into the fictional life and exploits of the protagonist, the elderly “survivor” Jack (Yaakov Stein). With false memoirs all the rage, this fictitious is at once highly entertaining and deadly serious. Joe Reich will be interviewed by MJBW Festival Director Nicholas Brasch.

12:00-12:45 am
B’nai B’rith Jewish Non-Fiction Book Club session: Growing up Jewish  

Peter Schattner, chair of the B’nai B’rith Jewish Non-Fiction Book Club, will interview Helen Wolfers whose autobiography titled Growing up Jewish analyses Jewish identity and how it is influenced by events and surroundings. This session will not only explore the nature of Jewish identity but will also use this example to help illustrate how this book club tries to meet its aims of increasing its members’ knowledge of and appreciation for Jewish history and civilisation.

1:00-1:45 pm
Launch of Gad Ben-Meir’s Poetry collection,
Siren of the Heart  

Gad Ben-Meir was born in Baghdad in 1931. He published in Israel two collections of poetry in classical Arabic, Nightingales of Intimacy (2004) and Dialogue of the Hearts (2008), and one collection in the Egyptian dialect, Ya Manal Ya Manali (2004). After more than fifty years of living in England and Australia, his first collection of poetry in English, Siren of the Heart (2020), celebrates his appreciation and insight into love and friendship and their repercussions. Launched by Dr Tina Giannoukos.

2:00-2:45 pm
What’s on @ Bookcycle

Bookcycle is Australia’s first P2P book sharing platform.  We enable communities  to give and get books in their local area using digital features to make the experience of discovering great pre-loved books engaging, inclusive and sustainable.  At this year’s MJBW Publishing Hub we are excited to share more about Bookcycle including tips to help you get the most out of the platform and we also look forward to having some fun with a little competition on the day!

3:00-3:45 pm
The Mistress of Mirth’s Comedy Tour with Justine Sless

Enjoy a reading from Justine’s book The Mistress of Mirth’s Comedy Tour and get your copy signed by the author. 

4:00-4:45 pm
Joanne Dannon, USA Today Best Selling Author: Discussion

Do you want to be an author? Do you have a brilliant idea for a book? Not sure where to start? Come and ask Joanne, she has 30+ published books as well as audio books, and translations. She’d love to answer your questions. 

And if you love romances and reading, come and meet Joanne…she’d love to chat. She’ll have signed romance books, of hers, that she’ll be giving away for free. 

www.joannedannon.com and www.clarendon3.com

The Publishing Hub is proudly supported by: