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Finch Memoir Prize announced!!

Finch Publishing is pleased to announce that the winner for the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize is Vicki Laveau-Harvie with Okotoks Erratic.
The three judges, Candida Baker, Caroline Baum and Mark O’Flynn, were in complete agreement about this dark humoured story of an out of control family beset with decay and bitterness.
Caroline Baum said, ‘Okotoks Erratic grabbed me by the throat and never let go …  Its sharp vinegary tone added  a thrilling and bracing  note to  this portrayal  of an extreme  dysfunctional family. The writing has a visceral quality as well as a terrific sense of timing, irony and place … I loved it.’
Candida Baker described the manuscript as reminding her of ‘a young Margaret Attwood or Alice Munro’.
Mark O’Flynn said the writing was ‘clear and concise, and wonderfully written’.
The winner, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, says: I am so very pleased to be the winner of the 2018 FinchMemoir Prize. Writing memoir represents freedom and possibility for anyone who chooses to do it. To share what I’ve written as a result of this prize will be an enduring joy for me.’
The judges also wished to award a Highly Commended to Fay Keegan and her manuscript
All Stations to Waterfall.
The winning manuscript will be published in June 2018.

Finch Memoir Prize shortlist announced

The judges have finished their shortlist ahead of time and I am delighted to announce that we have six shortlisted authors. They are:

  • Alan Sampson with Tin Gypsy
  • Georgina Lawrence with A Little Bit Country
  • Fay Keegan with All Stations to Waterfall
  • Vicki Laveau-Harvie with Okotoks Erratic
  • Sacha Jones with A Woman of Strange Substance
  • Jennifer Severn with Coming Home to Squabbling Ground

Congratulations to our shortlisted authors! I don’t envy the judges in making their final decision!

Good Reads Giveaway

Finch is happy to announce a Good Reads Giveaway!

10 signed copies of How to Be Thin in a World of Chocolate are being given away. So enter now or if you just can’t wait grab a copy at bookstores it is out today. Don’t forget if you are a Good Reads member – post a review and tell us what you think.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

How to Be Thin in a World of Chocolate by Michele Connolly

How to Be Thin in a World of Chocolate

by Michele Connolly

Giveaway ends November 30, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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25 Year Bash

Finch celebrated 25 years in Publishing with a Birthday Bash on October 6th which included long time authors Steve Biddulph and Andrew Fuller giving heartfelt speeches acknowledging their long affiliation with Finch and Rex. Peter Berner also delivered his wonderful brand of humour, along with many other past and present authors, editors and collaborators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Tonner Podcast with Better Reading

Anne Tonner, author of the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize Winner, COLD VEIN is on the Better Reading Podcast.

Follow the link below to hear the interview.

Podcast with Better Reading

Blue Wolf reviews Love Sex and No Regrets

Blue Wolf Reviews has posted their Review of Elizabeth Clark’s Love sex and No Regrets for Today’s Teens. Check it out at the link below.

Blue Wolf Reviews

Elizabeth Clark Author of Love Sex and No Regrets for Today’s Teens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Peter Berner

Author, comedian and illustrator Peter Berner will be unleashing his unique observations and wonderful illustrations at an up-close and personal event in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Creatives Unleashed is a Free event which showcases a number of different artists and authors, under the collective stable of Finch Publishing, Sydney Art Space and Made In Design.

Free Event All Welcome

Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon proudly brought to you by Finch Publishing, Sydney Art Space and Made In Design.

Meet the local artisans from Made in Design, share a laugh with Peter Berner comedian and illustrator as he walks us through his hilarious take on, well everybody.

Try your hand at Still Life Drawing in a workshop at Sydney Art Space.

Sale items of up to 40% in this one off event, a sausage sizzle with some bubbles too!

Saturday 17th June

1:30 – 4:30pm

64 Darley St Mona Vale

For more info go to the Facebook event page

Cold Vein Launch with Wendy Harmer

Finch Publishing is delight to announce that Wendy Harmer will be launching the Finch Memoir Prize for 2017. Author Anne Tonner will be in conversation with Wendy in what is sure to be an insightful evening for the launch of her book Cold Vein

Anne Tonner Author of Cold Vein

Wendy Harmer Author, Television Personality, and Radio Host with ABC National

Anne Tonner, a high achieving human rights lawyer and mother of four, is used to facing battles and winning. But when her 13-year-old daughter Chloe stops eating and is diagnosed with anorexia, she is confronted with the mother of all enemies, one that is completely unfathomable and seemingly incurable. Anne and her family throw everything they have at helping Chloe face the ‘demon’ they name ‘Cold Vein’. But some three years later Chloe is still ill and desperately close to death and the family is in tatters. Anne is in danger of not only losing her daughter but her whole family as well. In a last ditch effort they travel across the world to attend a clinic in Stockholm, knowing that this may be the only chance Chloe has to survive.

‘For the last three years [my daughter], has been slowly dying. Although she is sixteen, she weighs as much as an eight-year-old. Her hormone levels are those of a post-menopausal woman. We have tried everything the medical system has to offer – psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, dieticians, drugs … but nothing has worked. And now here we are, she and I, flying to the other side of the world in a last ditch effort to save her. Anorexia is a difficult thing to get people to understand. Usually they will look at me incredulously. Sometimes they will come right out and say what I know they are thinking: Why can’t you just get her to eat?’

Event: Thursday 1st June 2017, 6:30pm

Where: Berkelouw Books 12 -14 Park St Mona Vale

Light refreshments provided. This is a Free Event – please RSVP on the Finch Facebook page, And please LIKE US while you are there!

Sacha Jones in The Spinoff

Sacha Jones Author of The Grass Was Always Browner

The Monday Extract: The ballerina who was hospitalised with anorexia

Finch Memoir Prize Winner 2017 – Congratulations Anne Tonner

Gold medallion2017Winner is Announced!
Finch Publishing is pleased to announce the winner and the shortlisted manuscripts for the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize. The prize is an annual award for memoir or life writing and has been running since 2010. The winner receives $5000 in prize money and publication. The prize is decided by a panel of three independent judges. This year’s judges were author Maggie Mackellar (When it Rains, How to Get There), Rowena Morcom (Editor of Good Reading magazine) and author Suzanne Faulkner (Mick: The Life of Randolph Stow).

The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are:

Freya Latona with Deep Down Things

Kate Mathieson with Ways to Come Home

Julie Weatherburn with Swimming Across Myself

The winner is Anne Tonner with Cold Vein, a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of her daughter’s battle with anorexia.

Maggie Mackellar says:‘There is a ferocity and velocity to this memoir that’s totally compelling. I found myself reading with my breath held as the narrator reported on the disintegration of her family’s life as her daughter disappeared figuratively and literally under the savages of anorexia.This is an important memoir. It lays bare the powerlessness of a family in the face of a chronic disease. The loss of identity, the obsession with saving a child, the sacrifice, the guilt over neglected siblings, a marriage placed under enormous strain – all of this relentlessly builds to a crescendo of a story about survival. Many readers will relate to this book and find in it a source of hope that someone has been before them. This knowledge of itself is powerful.’

Rowena Marcom described Cold Vein as ‘harrowing, intense, absorbing and compelling. I defy anyone to read it without shedding a tear. You come to a realisation while reading how truly debilitating a disease Anorexia is and also how negatively society views this disease, giving it short shrift. It’s simply a book everyone should read.’

Cold Vein will be published in May 2017.