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Sat, 02 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

Bound to Happen Launch with Jonathon Shannon

Join us with Jonathon Shannon to celebrate the release of Bound to Happen. Jonathon will be joined by Ashley Kalagian Blunt.

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Bound to Happen Launch with Jonathon Shannon
Bound to Happen Launch with Jonathon Shannon

Time & Location

02 Sept 2023, 6:30 pm – 7:50 pm

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


About The Event

Accidental strangers or star-crossed lovers? Tom and Sophie are about to find out.

Tom and Sophie have never met. 

Tom is a music student and aspiring songwriter. He wholeheartedly believes in meant to be and, more specifically, in his turbulent relationship with a far more successful recording artist. Even when her sudden overseas tour threatens to up-end everything.

Sophie is an astrophysics PhD candidate. To her, the vast mysteries of the universe can be reduced down to cold, hard science. She knows there’s no such thing as fate or destiny, and not even the handsome undergrad assigned to her research project will change her mind.

Sophie doesn’t know it, but she’s been orbiting Tom all year. They might be destined for each other, if only their meet-cutes were not a series of near misses…

Jonathon Shannon is a Sydney-based writer and creative director. His work has been recognised at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, screened at the St Kilda Film Festival, and is housed in the permanent archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Bound to Happen is his debut novel.

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of How to Be Australian and My Name Is Revenge, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Awardsand was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in the Sydney Morning HeraldOverlandGriffith ReviewSydney Review of BooksAustralian Book ReviewKill Your Darlings and more. Ashley teaches creative writing and co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, apodcast about writing, creativity and health. Originally from Canada, she has lived and worked in South Korea, Peru and Mexico.


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