Bathurst author will be at library to speak about debut novel

VISITOR: Bathurst-based author Tracy Sorensen will be at Oberon Library to talk about her first novel, The Lucky Galah. Photo: BRADLEY JURD
VISITOR: Bathurst-based author Tracy Sorensen will be at Oberon Library to talk about her first novel, The Lucky Galah. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

FIFTY years on from the moon landing on July 20, 1969, Oberon Library will host Bathurst author Tracy Sorensen as she talks about her first novel, The Lucky Galah, which has been longlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award.

It was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for new Australian fiction and the new writing category in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Russell Humour Awards. It was also longlisted in the Indie Booksellers awards.

Ms Sorensen said the book is set in 1969 as a remote Australian coastal town is poised to play its part in the moon landing.

"An influx of expat NASA employees working at the tracking station on the sand dune just out of town shakes things up. A pink and grey galah cockatoo emerges from a cage at the back door of the Kelly household and uncovers some tightly-held secrets. She threads these playfully through the story of her own rising and falling fortunes in what we call the lucky country," she said.

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Ms Sorensen is a novelist, freelance journalist, video-maker and active member of Bathurst Community Climate Action Network who lives in Bathurst with her partner.

She will have copies of her book for sale and signing at Oberon Library on Friday, August 30 from noon. It will be a free event with soup and sweets.

Bookings are essential. Phone 6329 8220.