By Phil Jarratt
Annie Grossman of Annie’s Books is always busy hosting book nights, but for November she’s outdone herself.
Let’s call it NovLit.
A-Gro presents a trio of excellent book and writer celebrations throughout the month and they all take place in Peregian Village, which is quickly becoming a surf-side Greenwich Village.
On Nov. 13, gourmet farmer Matthew Evans, owner of Tassie’s Fat Pig Farm and author of a series of bestselling cookbooks, is the first to come on Nov. 13.
Matthew will discuss all things farming, as well as the revised edition of his classic Real Food Companion. Wine and appetizers served for a small ticket price of $15, with $10 donated to Veggie Village.
Once Annie recovers, on November 16 she will host award-winning Australian author Heather Rose, whose latest novel, Bruny, won the book industry’s Fiction Book of the Year award, while that her previous novel, The Museum of Modern Love, won the prestigious Stella Prize.
In Peregian, Heather will present her latest work, a memoir entitled Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here during a literary lunch at the Pitchfork restaurant.
Another ultra-creative Tasmanian, Heather published eight novels and a fable before turning her attention to her own adventurous life spanning nearly six decades, which includes studying at a monastery in Laos, meeting the late Queen and dining with a drunk Hunter S. Thompson at the Woody Creek Tavern. (I can’t wait to swap notes on this!)
With The Museum of Modern Love on the big screen and Bruny a TV series, both in production next year, the versatile Heather is now working on a historical novel set, of course, in colonial Tasmania.
Concluding NovLit is an event that will be a magnet for all cricket tragedians with a literary bent, including this writer. Inga Simpson, a former Sunny Coaster who now lives on the south coast of New South Wales, is a fascinating writer whose latest novel, Willowman, has been described as “a love letter to art and beauty cricket”.
A former political writer and researcher, now a writer and naturalist novelist, Inga is the author of a beautiful memoir and three novels, which have all been bestsellers recognized by the juries of literary prizes.
His first novel, Mr Wigg (2013), was shortlisted for the Debut Fiction Indie Award. Nest (2014) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, Stella Award and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. And Where the Trees Were (Hachette 2016) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, an ABIA Award, the Green Carnation Award and shortlisted for an Indie Award.
Last year, The Last Woman in the World (2021), was shortlisted for the Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award and the Fiction Indie Book Award.
Perhaps more importantly, Malcolm Knox, who is as crazy about surfing and cricket as I am, says you can’t put Willowman down. This is recommendation enough for this tragedy.
Matthew Evans author Talks Wine and Cheese, at 3.30pm on Sunday November 13 at the Peregian Beach Veggie Village, Rufous Street. Tickets $15, reservation essential.
Heather Rose Literary Luncheon, noon November 16 at Pitchfork, Peregian Beach Village. Two-course tickets $70 and welcome wine, reservations essential.
Footpath Soiree with Inga Simpson, outside Annie’s Books, from 6 p.m. on November 24. Free event.
For tickets or information on all of these events, call 5448 2053.