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Antarctic Noir: The Ice Women Cometh!
October 7, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$10 – $15
8pm Friday 7 October:
Ann Turner and L. A. (Louisa) Larkin talk to Hazel Edwards about their new thrillers, both set in Antarctica, and why the landscape provides such an appealing, if chilling, scene of the crime.
Ann Turner’s second crime novel, Out of the Ice (Simon & Schuster) explores the dark side of human progress and a past and present of tragedy, deception and survival. It features environmental scientist Laura Alvarado who is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere and Laura begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine…
According to The Australian, “Turner is a steely and confident writer, concerned in the main part with reeling her reader in and out of suspense with a sense of concentrated exhilaration. The big reveal of this novel is certainly gasp-inducing…” http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/ann-turners-thriller-out-of-the-ice-tackles-antarctica-mystery/news-story/2adf0ac2affcad7b60c86ec27c73e073
Ann is also a screenwriter and director. Her bestselling debut novel, The Lost Swimmer (2015), has been optioned for film by producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker, Japanese Story). Ann will write the screenplay. Both books are being published by Simon & Schuster Australia in the UK.
Sydney-based author, L.A. Larkin, is highly acclaimed for her action and conspiracy thrillers and is described by James Phelan as “a world-class thriller writer”. Devour (Hachette Australia) is the second of her novels to be set in Antarctica but the first in a series featuring investigative journalist, Olivia Wolfe, whose search for the truth takes her to dangerous places. Wolfe joins a group of Antarctic scientists drilling down through three kilometres of ice in the hope they will discover ancient life in a subterranean lake. Sabotage and murder are just the beginning of a journey that will ultimately lead Wolfe to a man who would obliterate civilisation…
To research Devour and her previous thriller, Thirst, Louisa spent time in Antarctica, travelling on a former Russian oceanographic research vessel, the Professor Multanovskiy, where the Russian crew were the inspiration for some of her Russian characters, including Vitaly Yushkov. She also interviewed expeditioners from both British Antarctic Survey and the Australian Antarctic Division. Devour is inspired by a real British expedition in 2012 to discover life in Antarctica’s subterranean Lake Ellsworth which is buried beneath three kilometres of ice.
International best-selling author Peter James says Devour “delivers action and intrigue in spades” and Kathryn Fox says, “Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page to the last”. Devour is published by Hachette in Australia in July and in the UK by Constable in January 2017.
Click here to read Robyn Walton’s Q&A with Louisa.
Louisa also writes funny mysteries as Louisa Bennet, published by Avon Books UK and Harper Collins Australia.
Hazel Edwards has written 200 books, including the classic children’s book, There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, which has celebrated its 30th anniversary. In 2001, Hazel was awarded the Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship and travelled to Casey Station on the Polar Bird ice-ship. This visit inspired a range of creative projects including the YA eco-thriller Antarctica’s Frozen Chosen, picture book Antarctic Dad and the memoir, Antarctic Writer on Ice. Hazel was a founding member of Sisters in Crime and is the author of an adult crime novel, Formula for Murder, as well as several children’s mysteries. Hazel and other women arts fellows to the Antarctic call themselves “the orange roughies”.
Followed by a brief Annual General Meeting at 9.45pm. Open to all financial members. Nomination forms for positions of national co-convenors will be accepted on the night of 7 October 2016 National co-convenors are located in Melbourne and environs. It is up to other chapters to organise convenors.
Venue: The Rising Sun Hotel (upstairs – no lift), cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne. Melways map 57 H2; free on-street parking after 6 pm; trams 1, 12 or 55 or St Kilda Road trams
Tickets: $10 Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria members/concession; $15 non-members
Tickets not sold prior to the event will be available at the door for $12/$17
Dinner upstairs from 6.30 pm (bookings not necessary); men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome
Bookings: http://antarticnoir.eventbrite.com (Note: Eventbrite charges a booking fee.)
Sun Bookshop stall: members receive a 10% discount
Additional information: Carmel Shute 0412 569 356; firstname.lastname@example.org