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Author talk: Karen Viggers (Adults, 16+) (Woden Library)

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Woden Library

Corinna Street

Phillip, ACT 2606

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This program is suitable for adults aged 16+

All programs are free. Bookings are essential.


Join international bestselling and local Canberra writer Karen Viggers for a conversation about her latest book "The Orchardist's Daughter".

Sixteen-year old Mikaela has grown up isolated and home-schooled on an apple orchard in south-eastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber town. Miki longs to make connections and spend more time in her beloved forest, but she is kept a virtual prisoner by Kurt. When Miki meets Leon, another outsider, things slowly begin to change. But the power to stand up for yourself must come from within. And Miki must fight to uncover the truth of her past and discover her strength and spirit.

Set in the old-growth eucalypt forests and vast rugged mountains of remote southern Tasmania, 'The Orchardist’s Daughter' is an uplifting story about friendship, resilience and finding the courage to break free.

Karen Viggers is the author of five novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife, The Grass Castle and The Orchardist's daughter. She writes contemporary realist fiction set in Australian landscapes, and her work explores connection with the bush, grief and loss, healing in nature, death, family, marriage and friendship. Her books tackle contentious issues including choices at the end of life, whale rescue, kangaroo culling, scientific research on animals and logging of native forests. Karen is a wildlife veterinarian who has worked and traveled in many remote parts of Australia, from Antarctica to the Kimberley. Her novels are known for their evocative portrayal of Australian people and landscapes. Karen's books have been translated into French, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian and Spanish.

Karen will be signing books after the event. Books will be available for purchase onsite from Harry Hartog.

Please note:

  • Bookings are essential.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to check in; this assists the program to run on schedule.
  • Places are limited to ensure the best possible experience. If you can't attend please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to someone else.
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