Film, Video Young Adventures: 2015 National Book Festival

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  • Young Adventures: 2015 National Book Festival


  • Authors Jared Thomas and Bruce Pascoe join with author/illustrator Dub Leffler to share their stories, characters and insights at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Event Date

  • September 05, 2015


  • -  Dub Leffler is an acclaimed and highly sought-after Indigenous Australian illustrator of children’s literature. He grew up as one of 13 children in the small town of Quirindi, south of Tamworth in New South Wales and is descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south west Queensland. Leffler began his visual arts career as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher, as well as in collaboration with internationally recognized illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy. Currently, he has illustrated 18 children’s books. The first book Leffler wrote as well as illustrated is the internationally acclaimed “Once There Was a Boy.'
  • -  Australian Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian who has written more than 25 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. He has widely varied experience from his work as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker, lecturer and editor. Some of his works include the short story collections “Nightjar” and “Ocean” and the historical nonfiction books “Cape Otway: Coast of Secrets” and “Convincing Ground.” In 2013 Pascoe received the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for “Fog a Dox” (Magabala Books). His most recent nonfiction work, “Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?” describes in depth the land management and agricultural practices of the Australian Aborigines and includes excerpts from early explorers’ diaries that demonstrate the extent to which modern retellings of early Aboriginal history understate the sophistication of these systems. Pascoe is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative of southern Victoria.
  • -  Jared Thomas is a Nukunu Aboriginal Australian author of from the Southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. His debut young adult novel “Sweet Guy” was short listed for three major Australian literature awards. His plays “Flash Red Ford” and “Love, Land and Money” have toured Uganda and Kenya and been featured at festivals. Thomas has also written the children’s book “Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids.” His latest young adult novel, “Calypso Summer,” is the story of a young Nukunu man finding his way and himself after high school; it has received a State Library of Queensland Black&Write Fellowship and was included in iTunes’ best books of April 2014. Thomas is an arts development officer at Arts, South Australia and lives in Adelaide with his family.

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  • 47 minutes 34 seconds

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