Litbits: A look ahead at the Canberra literary scene

August 8:Poetry and Public Apology: Judith Wright in the 20th Century, a free Fellowship Presentation by Dr Bridget Vincent exploring the relationship between Judith Wright's poetry and her activism, is on at the National Library of Australia Conference Room, Level 4 at 5.15pm. nla.gov.au.

August 9: With his deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, Pulitzer Prize finalist David Haskell will make you look at trees in an entirely new way. . RSVP: 6262 1111, 6pm, Theatre, National Library of Australia Tickets: $25 (includes refreshments and book signing). nla.gov.au/event/author-talk-with-david-haskell.

August 9: The next Poetry in the House reading is at 7.30pm in the Fellows Bar at University House and will feature Andrew Burke (Perth), Merlinda Bobis (Canberra) and John Stokes (Canberra). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

August 10: In the 2017 Kenneth Myer Lecture, 2020 Vision - Where is Australia Headed?, Dr Anne Summers explores how she would promote positive change in Australia. Free entry, National Library of Australia theatre, lower ground 1, 6pm. nla.gov.au.

August 13: Join Louise Page, soprano singer, for conversation and afternoon tea in Winter Tales. National Library of Australia,Conference Room, Level 4. $15 includes afternoon tea. nla.gov.au.

August 14: At 6.30pm in the Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford Building, Crawford School, 132 Lennox Crossing, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Gail Kelly will discuss her her new book, Live, Lead, Learn. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Pre-book signings at 6pm.

August 17: Cartoonist Judy Horacek will be in conversation with Irma Gold about Horacek's collection of more than 200 cartoons, Random Life, at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723..

August 18: At 11.30am in the National Library of Australia, Lower Ground 1, The Children's Book Council of Australia and the Library are holding the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2017, followed by book signings. Free, places limited. nla.gov.au.

August 18: Paul Field, author of Gimme Shelter, telling the stories of 16 returned service men and women, will be in conversation with David Savage and Don Barnby at 5.45 for 6pm at Paperchain Manuka. RSVP Telephone 6295 6723 or email info@paperchainbookstore.com.au.

August 25: The Canberra Writers Festival 2017 - theme: Power, Passion, Politics- is on until August 27, beginning today from 9am to 9pm in the National Library's Conference Room, Ferguson Room, Foyer, Theatre, Level 4. Ticket prices vary. See: canberrawritersfestival.com.au.

August 25: The Minister for Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay , will launch Frances Isaac's novel ISABEL: I'll walk with you again in the Ferguson Room of the National Library of Australia at 1pm. Admission free.

August 30: At Muse Canberra, The Long Table from noon to 1.30pm features lunch with Hugh Mackay, author of Selling the Dream. Tickets $75 include two-course meal, drink, tea or coffee and a copy of the book. musecanberra.com.au.

August 30: Poet Maggie Sharpley's first collection, Proof, will be launched by Professor Paul Hetherington at the National Library of Australia Bookshop at 6pm. Admission free. nla.gov.au.

September 12: At 6pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU will be a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event with Julian Burnside QC in conversation with Professor Simon Rice on Burnside's new book Watching Out. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September. 19: At 6.30pm in the China in the World Auditorium, ANU, Benjamin Law and Professor Mary Lou Rassmussen will be in conversation on Law's new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media Out. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 20: At 6pm in the Conference Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Stuart Kells will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Kells's new book The Library, about great libraries of the world and how they are portrayed in fiction. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

October 11: At 7pm in The Hall, University House, at Eat Drink and Be Political, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Evans' s new book, Incorrigible Optimist. A Political Memoir. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Pre-book signings at 6.15pm.

Contributions to Litbits are welcome. Please email litbits@canberratimes.com.au by COB on the Monday prior to publication. Publication is not guaranteed.

This story Litbits: A look ahead at the Canberra literary scene first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.