This year, the world was turned upside down as a pandemic hurtled across borders. Very quickly, Australia shut down, and many events and festivals were cancelled, hitting the arts industry hard. All sectors of the arts were hit, with some finding new and innovative ways to keep going, and others finding ways to reschedule things. But many authors did not have this luxury – and had to cancel, postpone or alter launches, celebrations, and events across the board. Some were able to take events and launches online, others in small windows of opportunity as restrictions eased and those with events in the last few months of the year may not have had to cancel at all.
As part of this, I invited several authors and illustrators to participate in a series of interviews on my blog called Isolation Publicity. All were Australian, and all had books being released, or had just released a book – new or anniversary editions amidst a pandemic. It was one small way I could help them get the word out about their books and work as a whole.
In putting these interviews together, I tailored them to each individual author – not just about their book, but about other experiences, their interests, and little things about them that make them who they are, and that might have found a place in their books. Some are longer interviews, others are shorter. And for some, I also reviewed some of the books – whether I bought them, they were sent to me by the publisher for review, or the author gifted a copy as a thank you. For those books that have reviews, I have put the review under the interview link, so all efforts are collated in a single post – one of my many wrap up posts for 2020.
Of the other books I was sent, I was unable to read one (time constraints). No Small Shame by Christine Bell was the only one I was unable to read and review it, but will endeavour to get to it next year, as I begin to work through my 2021 books and aim to keep on top of reviewing in 2021.
Book reviewed: The Year the Maps Changed
Book Reviewed: The Lost Jewels
Book Reviewed: The Deceptions
Book Reviewed: You Were Made for Me
Book Reviewed: Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot
Book Reviewed: Snow White and Rose Red and Other Tales of Kind Young Women
Book Reviewed: Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal
Book Reviewed: Inheritance of Secrets
Book Reviewed: The Philosopher’s Daughters
Book Reviewed: Toffle Towers: Fully Booked
Book Reviewed: The Power of Positive Pranking
Book Reviewed: Brain Freeze
Book Reviewed: A Treacherous Country
Book Reviewed: Beyond Belief
Book Reviewed: Henrie’s Hero Hunt
Book Reviewed: The Complete Adventures on Nim’s Island
Book Reviewed: The Firestar (A Maven ad Reeve Mystery)
Book Reviewed: Lost Soul Atlas
Books Reviewed: League of Llamas: Undercover Llama,
Book Reviewed: Sick Bay
Book Reviewed: The Battle of Book Week
Isolation Publicity with Jacqueline Harvey:
Book Reviewed: An Alice Girl
Book Reviewed: Daisy Runs Wild
Here’s hoping that next year, authors can participate in virtual and physical events and reach their readers. After the year we have had, picking up a good book has been something to treasure, and thank you to all these authors for their books and participating in this venture.