When a book takes flight

Next Tuesday night, 14th September, India Dark will be launched in Western Australia.

Lesley Reece, Director of the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, will be doing the official honours and I am very grateful to Lesley for offering to grace India Dark by launching it at the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre. Lesley was one of the first people to read the uncorrected proofs of the novel back in April. The day after she finished it, she sent me an email that felt like a blessing, full of passionate enthusiasm for the book. I remember breathing a huge sigh of relief when I read her praise. I sloughed off some of the weight of the anxiety that every author carries in the months leading up to the release of a book.

When I stayed at the Fremantle Centre in June, Lesley gave me a serious pep talk about the importance of celebrating the release of India Dark. Sometimes, launches can feel a little like throwing parties for yourself but in some ways, the release of India Dark has made me realise that launches are also a way of acknowledging that once you have finished a book, it doesn’t really belong to you any more. It belongs to its readers.

On Tuesday night, at its third Australian launch, India Dark will slip further away from me, closer to its readers. It’s a little like watching your baby walk away from you, your child leave you for the first time at the school gate, or perhaps, it’s more like opening your hands and letting a small bird that you’ve nurtured finally take wing and fly off into the world.

India Dark by Kirsty Murray
Published by Allen & Unwin
is to be launched by
Lesley Reece
Director, Fremantle Children’s Literature Cetnre
on Tuesday 14 September 2010
at 6.30pm for 7.00pm

RSVP to: 9430 6869 of freoclc@iinet.net.au

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Every adult was once a child and the child inside them never disappears.”

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