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Start the evening off with a bit of mingling and nibbles before Holden Sheppard discusses Invisible Boys in conversation with Jay Anderson. Following their discussion will be readings from Perth’s LGBTQIA+ all-inclusive AFL 9s team, the Perth Hornets. Finish the evening with a reading from Holden himself and a quick Q&A session for any burning questions.
Copies of Invisible Boys will be on sale at the Centre for Stories courtesy of Westbooks.
About Invisible Boys
In a small town, everyone thinks they know you: Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who’s not as tough as he looks. Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego. Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family. But all three boys hide who they really are. When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?
‘Sheppard pulls no punches in this story, challenging expectations and taking the reader on a dark journey through each boy’s life, with only a sliver of light at the end providing hope for a brighter future. This book feels somewhat unmoored from time, with a raw edginess … which brings to mind books like Puberty Blues and the work of Tim Winton.’ Junior Books + Publishing
‘… this debut novel is one of those books that only comes around once in a generation … to think that a whole new generation of young queer readers will have the opportunity to see themselves in this book: that’s a powerful thought.’ Out in Perth
Although this event is free, RSVP is essential.