Events and services for readers

If you're keen to get the most from your reading, we have a wide range of events and services to help you find your next great read or connect with other local readers.

Meet an author

We host touring national and international authors throughout the year. Coming soon:

Author Encounter: Grant Edwards - The Strong Man in conversation

Tuesday 30 July, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Helensvale Library

Meet author Grant Edwards, on tour to promote his book The Strong Man publishing on 1 August. Now Australian Federal Police Commander, he is a former elite athlete and was Australia’s Strongest Man. His fascinating life has included service in Afghanistan, disrupting sex traffickers from South E Asia, serving as security advisor to the government of East Timor and a personal battle with PTSD. This is the story of an extraordinary man and his extraordinary battle back from the brink.

A free event. Books will be available to buy for signing thanks to Book Face, Pacific Fair. Book online here.

Supported by Simon & Schuster.

Author Encounter: Kate Forsyth - The Blue Rose

Friday 2 August, 2pm – 3pm, Helensvale Library

Meet author Kate Forsyth, who brings history to life in her latest novel The Blue Rose, weaving together the turbulent times of revolutionary France and Imperial China. It’s the impossible love story of French aristocrat Viviane and Welsh gardener David, revealing the differences between eastern and western cultures of the 18th century on a personal level. Kate explores past events that still resonate today and show the continued importance of fighting to change the world for the better.

A free event. Books will be available to buy for signing thanks to Book Face, Pacific Fair. Book online here.

Supported by Penguin Random House Australia.

Author Encounter: Jaye Ford and Fiona McArthur

Monday 5 August, 6pm – 7pm, Runaway Bay Library

As award-winning Australian authors, Jaye Ford and Fiona McArthur have penned more than fifty books between them. After a career in journalism and PR, Jaye began writing crime novels, as well as penning romantic comedies as Janette Paul. Fiona’s previous life as a midwife provided the background for her rural romances and their often medical themes. She has also written several non-fiction midwifery titles. Join us for a fun conversation as Jaye and Fiona share their journeys as writers.

A free event. Book online here.

More events

Keep an eye on our online events calendar for other upcoming author events.

Find your next read

Reading on the beach

That's what our friendly librarians are for - call in to any City library and ask us for advice on what might suit your reading interests.

Our library catalogue also has a great new feature to help you find new reads that you might like! When you view an item in the catalogue, scroll down the page to find the new 'You might also like' section. If we have suggestions, you'll see suggested titles and authors.

You can also browse our latest new titles lists - including adult fiction and non-fiction, audio books, graphic novels, books for children and young adults.

Our reading websites are also worth a look - see our online resources page for help finding new reads similar to those you already enjoy reading, including Novelist Plus and Who Else Writes Like...?

Connect with other readers

Open book clubs

Our open book clubs run across our libraries - share your thoughts and ideas on books you are reading in a friendly and social environment. There’s no need to book; just turn up, listen and chat about what you are reading. All book clubs run across our libraries are listed in our online events calendar.

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form your own book club? We have lots of tips on creating your own book club.

When you've started your book club, you can access our range of book club kits available for loan, each containing 10 copies of a title for the exclusive use of your book club.

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