Writing & Reading

TV’s Annabel Crabb to headline writers’ festival

UPDATE: Lines in the Sand festival for readers and writers has been postponed due to COVID-19 lockdowns. 
Fraser Coast Regional Council regional librarian Tara Webb said TV personality Annabel Crabb and bestselling authors Rosalie Ham and Kerry McGinnis were being rescheduled for the 2022 Lines in the Sand Festival.
“With the ongoing lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria, it will not be possible for the key speakers to appear this year,” she said.
“As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Lines in the Sand Festival that had been scheduled for 24 – 26 September 2021.
“While it is disappointing the festival has not been able to go ahead now for the last two years due to COVID-19, other Lines in the Sand author talks and workshops will continue throughout the year.”
More information about the range of programs and events at the Fraser Coast Libraries, including author talks and workshops, is available at https://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Don’t miss Annabel Crabb at Lines in the Sand

Author, journalist and TV presenter Annabel Crabb is the keynote speaker at Fraser Coast Libraries’ Lines in the Sand festival of inspiration for readers and writers next month.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the well-known host of ABC TV’s Ms Represented and Kitchen Cabinet had a new book coming out that she had co-written with her friend and colleague Leigh Sales.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear from Annabel ahead of the September 28 release of the book, Well Hello: Meanderings from the world of Chat 10 Looks 3,” he said.

Annabel and Leigh teamed up to create their hit podcast, Chat 10 Looks 3, in 2014 and Well Hello is their first book together. Annabel will deliver the keynote address at the festival on September 25 at 10am at a venue to be finalised shortly.

Cr Seymour said tickets were free and numbers were limited, so people would need to book quickly to secure a place in the audience once tickets were released in the coming days.

More terrific speakers and workshops

Cr David Lewis said the Lines in the Sand festival would run from September 24 to 26 and included plenty of other terrific speakers and workshops.

“Another fantastic guest speaker is bestselling author Rosalie Ham who wrote The Dressmaker which was made into a popular film starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth,” he said.

“We’ll also be hearing from Kerry McGinnis who’s worked as a droving hand and station cook west of Mount Isa and written two volumes of memoir plus a string of bestselling novels.

“It’s going to be a great festival for readers, writers and everyone interested in fascinating stories. The libraries have copies of the authors’ books which people can borrow for free, so I’d encourage those who aren’t already familiar with the speakers’ work to check them out.”

Cr Seymour said COVID-safe procedures would be followed with the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the event being Council’s highest priority.

How to book for Lines in the Sand

Bookings will open soon so anyone interested in attending should check the libraries website, https://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/lines-sand-3; Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LibrariesFC; or ticketing channel, frasercoastlibraries.eventbrite.com, for more information.

Annabel Crabb appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.


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Interview with authors Rodriguez and Whiting

Watch authors Rodriguez and Whiting in conversation

Fraser Coast locals will be able to watch an interview between columnist and author Frances Whiting and international bestselling author Deborah Rodriguez on the Fraser Coast Libraries’ Facebook page and YouTube channel this month.

Cr David Lewis said the free Lines in the Sand event would be posted to the Facebook page and YouTube channel at 7 pm on February 25.

He said it was a fantastic opportunity for the local community to enjoy a conversation between two accomplished authors.

“Our regional audience will be among the first to hear Deborah speak in-depth about her latest novel, The Moroccan Daughter, following its release this February,” Cr Lewis said.

He said the writer’s newest story was about forbidden love and family secrets, set in the twisted alleyways of the ancient medina in Fez and up in the heights of the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, with four women caught in a web of lies, clandestine deals and shocking confessions.

How to reserve The Moroccan Daughter

“Library members can reserve The Moroccan Daughter via the libraries’ online catalogue, or by phoning 4197 4220, and the book will be available after it’s published,” Fraser Coast regional librarian Tara Webb said.

A selection of the author’s earlier works was also available to borrow for free in book or ebook formats, she said.

“We’re presenting the interview in conjunction with other libraries around Queensland,” Ms Webb added.

Watch the authors’ conversation

To watch the authors’ conversation, which is a Queensland Libraries initiative in cooperation with Penguin Random House, go to the Fraser Coast Libraries’ Facebook page or YouTube channel on February 25 at 7 pm when the video will be posted.

Fraser Coast Libraries receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland.


PHOTO: International bestselling author Deborah Rodriguez. Published with permission. 

Top 10 most borrowed adult fiction books in 2020

Books by crime and mystery writers most popular

The top 10 most borrowed adult fiction books in 2020 from the Fraser Coast Libraries reveal users’ love of crime and mystery stories with Lee Child novels taking out three of the top five positions.

Councillor David Lewis said crime and mystery writers also featured strongly in the list of the top 10 most popular authors of 2020 with James Patterson in the number one position.

“Female writers hold an equal number of spots in the top 10 list of most borrowed authors,” Cr Lewis said.

“Romance and fantasy writer Nora Roberts appears in the number two ranking and again in the ninth slot under her crime-writing pseudonym of J.D. Robb.

“It’s also good to see a children’s book author in the top 10 with Daisy Meadows in eighth place.”

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Council’s five library branches were inundated during the first week of the New Year with borrowers returning more than 41,000 items.

During the opening week, borrowers also took home almost 17,000 items, Cr Lewis said.

The busy start to 2021 followed a major jump of 49 per cent in the use of the eLibrary last year.

“Fraser Coast Libraries recorded more than 63,000 eBook loans and reserves in 2020, along with 48,000 eAudiobook loans and reserves, as the community felt the impact of COVID-19,” he said.

“The eLibrary proved invaluable during the time when the physical library branches were closed during the early stages of the global pandemic.

“People were able to, and still can, join online and start borrowing ebooks and eaudiobooks for free within one-and-a-half hours.”

Top 10 most borrowed adult fiction titles in 2020

  1. Past Tense by Lee Child
  2. Blue Moon by Lee Child
  3. The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
  4. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  5. Khaki Town by Judy Nunn.
  6. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox
  7. Camino Island by John Grisham
  8. Sanctuary by Judy Nunn.
  9. End Game by David Baldacci
  10. The Fix by David Baldacci

Top 10 most popular authors in 2020

  1. James Patterson
  2. Nora Roberts
  3. Danielle Steel
  4. Clive Cussler
  5. David Baldacci
  6. Lee Child
  7. Michael Connelly
  8. Daisy Meadows
  9. J.D. Robb
  10. Anna Jacobs

Fraser Coast Libraries receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland.