BOOKS: The first Bundy Club event for the Guardian Magazine. Burns survivior Turia Pitt was the guest speaker.
BOOKS: The first Bundy Club event for the Guardian Magazine. Burns survivior Turia Pitt was the guest speaker. Craig Warhurst

Book readers delight as more authors visit Sunshine Coast

THE SUNSHINE Coast has always been fortunate to welcome more than its share of renowned authors.

Most authors on book tours stick to the cities but many enjoy a side-trip to the Sunshine Coast thanks to our beautiful environment, but more so thanks to our dedicated book store owners and their efforts at badgering publishers.

Annie from Annie's Books on Peregian recently hosted former Brisbane Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson to a sell-out crowd.

Now it is Ross Burgess from Mary Ryans' Bookstore who has put on his entrepreneurial hat and invited several authors to visit us in the coming months, all of them, big names.

First up on April 18, Turia Pitt with her new book: Unmasked.

Turia came to fame through the most horrific of circumstances. She was badly burned in a bushfire in 2011 when she competed in an ultra-marathon and ran straight into a bush fire in the Kimberley gorge.

Her injuries were horrific, her recovery torturous.

Now, six years later her achievements, including founding her goal-getting School of Champions and walking the Kokoda Track as well as competing in two Ironman competitions, have been recorded in this book. She leaves everyone who meets her reeling in amazement.

For a complete change of pace, Kathy Lette will be in town on May 3 to talk about her latest book, Best Laid Plans. Kathy always entertains and often shocks her audience with her razor wit and saucy humour.

Then the ever-popular Monica McInerney comes to the Coast on July 6 with and finally one of Australia's best crime-writers Michael Robotham will visit on July 15.

That is a lot to look forward.

Ross at Mary Ryan's Bookstore will tell you more and give you venues, phone 5455 4848.


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