Award-winning author in conversation at Goonellabah Library

Award winning author, Chris Hammer, will appear “In Conversation” at the Goonellabah Library in early March courtesy of Richmond Tweed Regional Library’s new Regional Readers Book Club.

Chris’s latest best-selling crime novel Silver is the first title selected for the recently launched book club which encourages readers from across our community to enjoy the same book throughout February and March. Readers are then encouraged to join the conversation on the Library’s Facebook page and to come along to the talks.

Jo Carmody, Regional Library Manager, said: “The new book club is a great way for people to be able to participate in a book club, without being tied to a time and place as all of the conversation is happening on the Library’s Facebook page.”

“It’s wonderful to have such a well­renowned, award-winning author visiting our area and we are delighted to be featuring Chris’s book, Silver, as our first Regional Readers Book Club title.”

Before turning to fiction, Chris was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian Federal politics, and international affairs. He reported from more than thirty countries on six continents for SBS television. While in Canberra, his roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, senior writer for The Age, and Online Political Editor for Fairfax.

His book, Scrublands, won the 2019 John Creasy ‘New Blood’ Award for best first crime novel at the UK Crime Writers’ Association, Dagger Awards. Chris has also written two non-fiction books, The River (2010) and The Coast (2012). The River won the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award.

Throughout March, the library will be posting questions about the book on its Facebook page at

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