It has been said that timing is everything in life. It may not always be everything, but it can come pretty close, especially if you are an author about to launch your second novel and the pandemic shutdown hits hard and fast.
Author Kirsten Krauth was about to launch her new book, Almost a Mirror, which has been shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize, with a number of festivals and events scheduled to bring her new tome to prominence. Suddenly the doors shut and Kirsten has had to rethink how to present her new book to reach an audience.
Utilising the internet, Almost a Mirror is now an EBook and Kirsten is developing a Podcast. In addition, there is a Facebook live streaming of a Q & A Booklaunch In Conversation with author Anna Hedigan. The launch will take place from Castlemaine’s Tap Room on 22nd April, from 7pm to 8pm and it can be viewed through Kirsten’s Facebook Page and on Zoom. Questions can be pre-recorded, again via Facebook.
Kirsten’s novel, Almost a Mirror hauntingly evokes the power of music to infuse our lives, while diving deep into loss, beauty, innocence and agency. Filled with unforgettable characters, the novel is above all about the shapes that love can take and the many ways we express tenderness throughout a lifetime.
Kirsten loves the music of the eighties. She lived through it, she loves listening to it and absorbing the memories that these experiences have given her, while responding to the emotion those experiences conjure up for her. And she loves writing about it.
As the story moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy.
Kirsten is a writer and arts journalist who regularly writes for the Guardian and Saturday Paper and for the past eight years, has been a resident of Castlemaine. She’s inspired by photography, pop and punk, film, other writers and growing up in the 80s.
Whilst the current lockdown has, like all of us, turned her life upside down, Kirsten is turning a negative into a very real positive. Almost a Mirror can be ordered online. For details visit https://www.facebook.com/kirsten.krauth