Apology: First off I’d like to apologise if you received a notification via email or other means about a book review; that isn’t being posted this week sadly as I need time to actually write it and get over how amazing that book was!
Lili Wilkinson’s Guide to The Apocalypse!
- Know how to grow a veggie garden.
- Help thy neighbour.
- Keep your chicken/s.
- Look after each other.
Today well be discussing the wonderful woman that is Lili Wilkinson, and her amazing new novel; After The Lights Go Out! This book is being marketed as an Australian apocalypse novel with strong female characters and a great lack of the National Anthem.
I came to the event straight from work and was there one whole hour early! I was sure to immediately purchase a copy of the book and I drove the staff crazy trying to look for my favourite Lili Wilkinson book Joan of Arc: The Story of Jeanne D’Arc. Luckily we had the whole night to find it.
The beautiful thing about a book signing for a Melbourne author is that all the other Melbourne authors come down to support them. Lili Wilkinson is a big inspiration for all and has been around in the writing scene for many many years now; Joan of Arc one of her first books she wrote way back in 2006.
Present at the event were Australian/ Melbourne authors such as Jay Kristoff, Danielle Binks, Alison Evans, Amie Kaufman and many more inspirational adults whom I look up to as an inspiring writer.
Amie hosted the event and had prepared many questions for Lili about the book, many of which included things Lili learnt while writing the book – including how to make a radio from things lying around the home – and ways in which she would recommend that we survive in the case of an apocalypse.
Lili also divulged the secret to her research which you can witness in the video. She spoke about how doomsday preppers looooooovvvveeeee Pinterest (almost as much as fangirls), and how for the months while writing this book her Pinterest feed was full of knives, zombies, survival guides, and the occasional veggie garden posts.
OKay this was probably the most magical experience of my life to speak to Lili about her old novel about Joan of Arc that I became all stuttery (like usual), but I did manage to convey that by reading about Joan of Arc all those years ago, I learnt that women can be powerful and strong, despite men trying to bring them down.
Many thanks to my friend Cate who took these lovely photos for me xx
Of course, we cannot forget the amazing cake made by Jess (@CakeandMadness on Instagram and Twitter). It features two main symbols in the novel: Unicorns and Snowflakes.
Read The Book!
What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice? 'After the Lights Go Out is a terrifying yet hope-filled story of disaster, deceit, love, sacrifice and survival.' - Fleur Ferris Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water. Each of the girls has a 'bug out bag', packed with water purification tablets, protein bars, paracord bracelets and EpiPens for Pru's anaphylaxis. One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. No one knows why. All communication is cut. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first.
You can also listen to Lili talk about the inspiration behind her book, what started it all and the premise of the book in a more interesting way than I can!
What’s your favourite Lili Wilkinson book?
Thank You, With Love Bree xx
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