Book Launch

Living Out Loud had its book launch on Friday 17th February 2023 at Better Read Than Dead in Newtown.

The book launch was attended by 43 persons who listened to the author’s readings and participated in a lively question-and-answer session.

Living Out Loud available in soft cover and e-book
All three authors did a reading from their selected letters at the book launch
The Rue Berger Writers – Kathryn Kaye Spence, Vicki Geraghty and Ruth Morgan
Kaye signing one of many copies sold

‘It was Émile Zola who said the writer’s job was to ‘live out loud’ – and this is exactly what Kaye, Ruth, and Vicki’s book does. It is the ‘living out loud’ of their experience of Paris, but more than that, it is the ‘living out loud’ of their lives as women at turning points in their lives, and in particular, the unfolding of their friendships with each other. 

The real richness of the book is the writers’ delight in each other, in the gift of unexpected friendships which budded in Paris and blossomed back in Australia. There are many fine observations of place as well as insights into life and love and independence – and gardening! The reader follows one of the writers, Ruth, as she makes a beautiful French garden in far western NSW. We see as well, Kaye’s dedication to her work and her courage to start a new career as a writer. One of the most appealing aspects to me was the humor, especially Vicki’s sharp eye as she writes about her travels and about the guest house she owns.  

I think what struck me most was that by some creative magic, three very different women managed to create a seamless whole from their letters to each other. Their voices are distinctive, but always part of the combined work.  Their journeys are separate but they connect and cross over and enrich each other’s path. 

Allow me to wish ‘Living Out Loud’ Bon Voyage’ as it sets out into the world of readers.’

Patti Miller, Author, and Memorist

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