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Sensational seconds

October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$10 – $17

Authors Emma Viskic, Anna Snoekstra and J M Green discuss how to triumph over ‘second novel syndrome’ and much much more with Maggie Baron. To be followed by the AGM.

Headshot Emma Viskic

And Fire Came Down (Bonnier Publishing) Emma Viskic’s second novel, again features Caleb Zelic, a deaf private detective. When a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat, his ex-wife. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

Emma’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won an unprecedented three Davitt Awards in 2016 (Best Adult Novel, joint Best Debut Crime Book and Readers’ Choice), as well as the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. She has also won two of Australia’s premier crime fiction short story awards: the Ned Kelly S D Harvey Award and the New England Thunderbolt Prize.

A classical clarinetist, Emma’s musical career has ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to busking in the London Underground.

Headshot Anna Snoekstra

Little Secrets (Harlequin, October) by Anna Snoekstra is a stand-alone thriller that started out as a short story for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards a few years ago, but it kept growing and growing until it was too long. The story weaves together a small town reeling in the wake of the tragic death of a young boy in an arson attack, an aspiring journalist desperate for a story and little dolls full of secrets.

Only Daughter, Anna’s debut novel, has been optioned in the US by Universal Pictures.

Anna was born in Canberra and studied Creative Writing and Cinema at the University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.


Headshot J M Green

Too Easy (Scribe Publications) is J M Green’s second novel to feature Stella Hardy, a wisecracking social worker with a thirst for social justice, good laksa and alcohol. This time, she’s battling outlaw bikie gangs, corrupt cops and a powerful hunger for pani puri.

J M Green’s debut novel, Good Money, was shortlisted for a 2016 Ned Kelly Award, Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

She divides her time between writing in her backyard studio and working as a librarian. Visit her blog for more information.

Headshot Maggie Baron

Maggie Baron is a former forensic scientist who worked in the area of trace evidence analysis. A passionate crime reader, she brings a strong analytical perspective to the craft of writing. She works in infrastructure and transport planning and in 2015 became Sisters in Crime’s inaugural President.


Annual General Meeting  9.45 pm

The brief AGM is open to all financial members. Nomination forms for positions of National Co-convenors will be accepted on the night of 27 October 2017. National Co-convenors are located in Melbourne and environs. It is up to other chapters to organise convenors.

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Tickets: $15/$10 Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria members/concession
Tickets not sold prior to the event will be available at the door for $17/$12
Dinner upstairs from 6.30 pm (bookings not necessary); men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome

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

Sun Bookshop stall: members receive a 10% discount

Additional information: Carmel Shute 0412 569 356; admin@sistersincrime.org.au


The Rising Sun Hotel
cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
(03) 9696 2411
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Carmel Shute
0412 569 356