Litbits September 16 2017

Shortlisted

S. K. Kelen's poem, Soldiers, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Award. Fifty poems were selected out of 2200 entries from 70 countries. The winner of the $20,000 prize will be announced in December. The shortlisted poems can be read online at: montrealprize.com/2017-global-poetry-anthology/.

What's on

September 16: As part of the 2017 Poetry on the Move Festival, the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) presents four international poets for a reading at Gorman Arts Centre. IPSI's two poets in residence, Vahni Capildeo (Britain) and Glyn Maxwell (Britain) are joined by two contemporary Japanese poets, Keijiro Suga and Hiromi Ito, celebrating the "Boundary Crossings'' theme. Free, bookings essential: agac.com.au/event/poetry-on-the-move-festival-poetry-reading-border-crossings/.

September 20: At 6pm in the Conference Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Stuart Kells will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Kells' new book, The Library, which covers great libraries of the world and how they are portrayed in fiction. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 20: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, Kim Scott brings his latest novel, Taboo, based on a massacre in WA Noongar country, to town, in conversation with Phillip Hall. musecanberra.com.au.

September 24: A Brush with Poetry features poetry of different styles and genres at the Black Swan Gallery, Binalong, and a free open mike event, donations appreciated. 1.30 for 2pm. More information: 6227 4377.

September 24: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, Chris Womersley will discuss his novel City of Crows, set in 1670s France. $12 includes a drink. musecanberra.com.au.

September 27: International Treasures by Dorothy Hart, illustrated by Isla Patterson, about Canberra's embassies, will be launched by Major General the Honorable Michael Jeffrey in the National Library of Australia Conference Room at 6pm, admission free. Bookings: nla.gov.au/bookings.

September 28: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, join the editor and two contributors of Mad Hatters and March Hares: New stories of Alice in Wonderland. $12 includes a drink. musecanberra.com.au.

October 6: The 2017 BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam is on at 7pm in the Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets $5 concession | $10 full: eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-national-poetry-slam-act-finals-tickets-37294688417.

October 9: 6.30pm canape and drinks, before 7.30pm two-course dinner. The Hall, University House. Meet the Chef dinner with Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins in conversation with Alex Sloan about Beer's new book Maggie's Recipes for Life, co-authored with Alzheimer's researcher Professor Ralph Martins. $95 per person. Bookings: 6125 5211 or unihouse.anu.edu.au. Book signings after the dinner.

October 11: At 7pm in The Hall, University House, ANU, at Eat Drink and Be Political, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Evans' new book, Incorrigible Optimist. A Political Memoir. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Tickets $70 per person and include a two-course meal, a glass of wine, tea and coffee. Pre-book signings at 6.15pm.

October 13: At a dinner at Muse, East Hotel, Kingston at 6.30pm, Professor Frank Bongiorno will talk about meritocracy and opportunity and how birth and luck play an outsized role in our lives. Dinner $90 a head or Festival of Ideas ticket: October 13-14 Dinner and Day of Ideas $110 (members) $120 (non-members). Booking: trybooking.com/RPOU

October 27: 6pm. Llewellyn Hall, School of Music ANU. Kevin Rudd in conversation with Stan Grant on the former prime minister's new book, Not for the Faint Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957 - 2007. Event chaired by ANU's Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 7pm. Free event.

November 3: 6.15pm pre-drinks and canapes, followed by dinner at 7pm: The Hall, University House. Meet the Chef dinner with Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran in conversation with Alex Sloan about Moran's new book Australian Food: Coast + Country. $95 per person. Bookings at University House, 6125 5211 or unihouse.anu.edu.au. Book signings before and after the dinner.

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This story Litbits September 16 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.