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Author of critically acclaimed Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey, to present his new book at beloved Pemberton bar

Melissa Pedelty and Warren HatelyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Author of award winning novel Jasper Jones will be in Pemberton this Friday.
Camera IconAuthor of award winning novel Jasper Jones will be in Pemberton this Friday. Credit: Supplied: Allen & Unwin Daniel Grant

A beloved Pemberton bar will be visited by celebrated author Craig Silvey on Friday who will share his new heartwarming story of resilience and triumpth.

Craig will be visiting Jasper Pemberton — the bar named after his previous novel Jasper Jones which later had a movie-adaptation that was filmed in the town — as part of his South West tour of his new children’s fiction novel, Runt.

The new novel, reviewed as a funny, heartwarming story akin to the Roald Dahl classic Matilda, will be discussed by Silvey who will also take questions from the audience.

Craig Silvey's new book, Runt.
Camera IconCraig Silvey's new book, Runt. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

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“I’m so excited to reconnect with readers from the South West,” the West Aussie writer said.

“It’s a literary community that has always been so incredibly supportive of my career, so it’s a thrill to come home and speak about my work.

“I’m a very proud, parochial Western Australian author, and I’m honoured to write stories that explore our part of the world,” Silvey said.

“Jasper Jones is indelibly anchored to the South West, and readers from the region will recognise the same distinct landscape and culture affectionately represented in Runt.”

Silvey said he is delighted to welcome readers to the town of Upson Downs to meet Annie Shearer and her best friend, Runt.

“Among other things, Runt is a story about good people pressured by forces beyond their control, who remain admirably optimistic in the face of it.

“As we collectively reckon with conflict and uncertainty amidst a global pandemic, this is a position many of us can identify with.

“I think Annie and Runt will inspire similar revelations in all readers, young and old alike, and I can’t wait to share their story with the world.”

The event on December 2 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Jaspers Pemberton is free provided booklovers book ahead.

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