Firstly, a big shout out to the students of Thornbury High School in Melbourne, I kicked off my Get Reading tour at their school yesterday, had a blast.
This morning, I descended on Hyde Park for a day of shameless self-promotion which included a brief appearance on The Circle with lovely ladies, Gabrielle Williams (YA author, made of awesome), Judy Nunn (author, formerly the father-killing Ailsa of Home And Away fame, awesome) and Malla Nunn (crime writer, also awesome). I’ve embedded the footage a little later in the post.
But before that: Awkward Author Encounter #36,521
William: [approaching, wrapping earphone cord around iPod] Hi. I’m William
Judy Nunn: Hello, William. Are you here to wire me up for sound?
Producer: No, Judy, this is William Kostakis, an author.
Judy Nunn: Oh, I’m so sorry, William, I really loved The Slap…
Producer: No… that’s Christos Tsiolkas…
[insert five minutes of laughter here]
Momentary mistaken identity aside, we all had a great time. I picked up Gabrielle’s Beatle Meets Destiny – halfway through telling me what it was about, she had me won over, and having started it, I love it.
Imagine your name is John Lennon, only everyone calls you Beatle. And then you meet your Dream girl and her name is Destiny McCartney. But what if you’re already with the perfect girl?
I look forward to reading both Malla and Judy’s novels as well over the course of the Get Reading month… and at this rate, if I keep meeting selected authors, I’m going to have to read all fifty…
THE EYEBROW STRIKES BACK!
I mean, it always arches like crazy whenever it’s in front of a camera, but I’ve never seen it up that high before. It must’ve sensed the hi-def/live-ness of the broadcast and seriously upped its game. Meanwhile, my left leg was trembling like crazy, so poor Malla had me kicking her under the table.
And lol @ my friend Bocca, sitting in frame for most of the intro, reading Loathing Lola. What else are friends for?