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Thu, 11 Aug


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Author talk with Miranda Luby

Join Miranda Luby and Sarah Ayoub in-conversation to celebrate the release of Sadie Starr's Guide to Starting Over.

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Author talk with Miranda Luby
Author talk with Miranda Luby

Time & Location

11 Aug 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead + Zoom, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

Sadie Starr is obsessed with starting over. A new year, a new diet, a new social media identity. Anything that gives her a chance to be a better version of herself.

So when her dad’s job moves the family interstate, Sadie’s excited for a fresh start. It’s also the perfect excuse to leave behind the mess she’s made with her best friend and secret crush, Daniel, whose advances she rejected – for fear of screwing things up.

But at her new school, life gets complicated fast.

She meets glamorous Alexa and her pink-badged girl gang, on a mission to ‘support women’, and outcast Jack, who the girls say has been stalking fellow student Loz.

But Loz has a different story, one that changes everything.

Sadie’s torn. She wants to be popular. She wants to keep Loz’s secret. She wants to fix everything. But she’ll have to make choices. And the wrong ones could throw her perfect new life into complete chaos.

Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over is an engaging, funny – serious look at the downsides of aiming too high, the dangers of black and white thinking —and the journey to realising imperfections are part of being human.

About Miranda

Miranda Luby is an author, freelance journalist and copywriter living on Victoria’s Surf Coast. She has won several awards for her short stories, and her journalism features in publications such as National Geographic, the BBC and the New York Post. Miranda was shortlisted for the Text Prize for her debut novel, Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over (previously titled Therefore I Am).

About Sarah

Sarah Ayoub is a journalist, bestselling author and academic with a PhD in migrant Australian YA literature. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin and more. Sarah is a Stella Schools Program ambassador, has mentored the youth curators of The Sydney Writers' Festival YA program, contributed to the anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity and most recently been a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Sarah was elected to the board of the Australian Society of Authors in 2021 and is currently working on her first novel for adults as the writer-in-residence of Sweatshop Literacy Movement. Sarah is an advocate for education and Australian stories, appearing at schools and festivals where she promotes her YA novels Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee. She will be releasing her debut picture book, The Love that Grew, in March 2022, as well as a new YA title, The Cult of Romance, in May 2022.

Zoom details:

Better Read is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Author talk with Miranda Luby

Time: Aug 11, 2022 06:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Meeting ID: 878 8931 0736

Passcode: 651125


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