Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today as we shine a spotlight on debut Australian authors.
Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read!
Through a series of events, online content, podcast coverage and profiles, the KYD First Book Club encourages wide-ranging and long-lasting conversations about these authors and their books both on and off the screen.
August First Book Club: Melanie Cheng’s Australia Day
Our First Book Club pick for August is Melanie Cheng’s Australia Day (Text Publishing), winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.
The people in these 14 stories are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common – no matter where they come from – is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world. Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia.
Hear Melanie Cheng read an excerpt from her book and discuss the collection in the June episode of the KYD Podcast, and stay tuned as we explore more of the book on our website throughout August!