Last night was Leanne Hall’s Queen of the Night launch, and, as always, it was packed. The support and camaraderie of the YA Melbourne book scene is unlike anything else.
It was so fantastic – also as always! – catching up with everyone. Many I’d seen a few weeks ago at Gab Williams’ launch, but quite a few I hadn’t seen since last year.
Readings Lygon Street was packed (need I say ‘as always’ again!!) and the first person I saw was Leanne, who looked lovely in a maxi dress. It actually felt really awesome to catch up with her first as you usually rarely get to speak to the author whose books is being launched due to the sheer amount of people there!
Here’s my poor-quality iPhone photo of Cath Crowley launching Queen of the Night:
Cath spoke so beautifully, speaking so highly of the book and Leanne’s writing and of how she started having dreams about the novel.
It was a really lovely speech, and one of those times where I wish I was recording it!
Leanne’s speech was entirely improv, but if she hadn’t of said that at the beginning you wouldn’t've known! She thanked all the important people who helped the book along the way.
Although it was a bit squishy in Readings, it was another fantastic launch!
Oh, and here’s a great Q&A with Leanne about the book.
Queen of the Night is the sequel to This is Shyness, which I assume everyone has already read because it’s just lovely. So now, go and get Queen of the Night!
The dark is dangerous. So is the past. So are your dreams.
For six months Nia—Wildgirl—has tried to forget Wolfboy, the mysterious boy she spent one night with in Shyness—the boy who said he’d call but didn’t.
Then Wolfboy calls. The things he tells her pull her back to the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and dreams and reality are difficult to separate. There, Doctor Gregory has seemingly disappeared, the Darkness is changing and Wolfboy’s friend is in trouble. And Nia decides to become Wildgirl once more.
The sequel to the 2009 Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness is about the difficulty of recreating the past—about how the Darkness no longer sets Wolfboy and Wildgirl free.