August 13

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Posted @withrepost • Such a great night, thank you ! @bbound If you are looking for Katherine Kovacic and R.W.R. McDonald they may have gone robber baroning (??) after stealing our hearts and minds last night… 🤠🐎📚#dallas We had such a great night talking about “Painting in the Shadows” and “The Nancy’s” – about creating unforgettable characters, the importance of fur characters (you must check out the Facebook site of Katherine’s fur character, Irish wolfhound Hogarth), subverting the genre, Nancy Drew, art…. and so much more. 🖼🐈🐕🧐 Beware readers! These are dangerously good. 📚 Thanks to everyone who came out on such a deep Winter’s evening and to these terrific authors for turning it into such a warm and cosy event. @katherine.kovacic @rwrmcdonald @echo_publishing @allenandunwin #authorevent #crimefiction #thenancys #paintingintheshadows #art #books #amreading #yeahnoir #queerfiction

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Another night of great crime writing conversation at Brunswick Bound Upstairs in August.

Katherine Kovacic (Painting In the Shadows) and Rob McDonald (The Nancys) will be in discussion about their books, their writing journey and more.

We love it when good friends (with dastardly imaginations) get together to talk books, and this promises to be a criminally entertaining evening.

Katherine Kovacic is a former veterinarian turned art historian who works with a wide variety of museums, galleries and historic houses. She lives in Melbourne with a Borzoi and a Scottish Deerhound. The Portrait of Molly Dean was her debut novel and the first Alex Clayton art mystery.

Rob McDonald is a Kiwi living in Melbourne with his two daughters and an extended family of two baby mommas, an estranged cat, Flower, and Stevie Nicks the chicken. Rob attended Faber Academy’s Writing a Novel Stage 1 and Stage 2 and an excerpt of The Nancys was published in the Faber Writing Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ Anthology, Allen & Unwin (2016). Rob realised while studying journalism that writing fiction, rather than reporting facts, was his true bent. The Nancys was Highly Commended for an Unpublished Manuscript in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Check out the Brunswick Bound website for other forthcoming events.

We acknowledge that the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners and storytellers of the land on which we meet, share stories, learn and read together.


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July 31

Link to episode here https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory/episodes/8539-backstory-31-july-2019

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On Writing – Episode 55

The guest is Rob McDonald debut author of The Nancys. Rob is a fellow Kiwi and The Nancys is a riotous crime/coming-of-age story about Tippy Chan and her uncle and his boyfriend who, inspired by Nancy Drew, set out to solve a crime in a small town in South Island, New Zealand. We talk about ‘breaking through,’ writing small town real life settings and how to write a first novel.

Photo from “Murder in the Library” event

July 14

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💖 this @___wolfess @jetlagmama ! Kristy the soap phone 🤩Posted @withrepost • @neweditionbookshop We liked The Nancys so much we made our manicures match (and a soap phone too). 11 year old Tippy Chan, avid Nancy Drew reader and a pretty sharp tack, her Uncle Pike and his boyfriend Devon join forces to solve a murder mystery in small-town South Otago (and makeover their spiky neighbour to take out the annual Show Queen sash). It’s a darkly funny, sweet and shambolic novel and handy for your digital detox too ✨🍷🕵🏽‍♀️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . #inapprops #thenancys #southotago #murdermystery #nancydrew #book #reading #staffpick #goodbook #manicure #rainbowglitter #fiction #newrelease

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