BOOK SIGNING: Rodney Dunn - The Truffle Cookbook

Join us at Muse for a truffle-filled winter weekend morning! Founder of Tasmania’s Agrarian Kitchen and Australia’s foremost authority on all things truffle, Rodney Dunn will be in the bookshop from 9.30am-10.30am signing copies of his latest collection of recipes and truffle lore, The Truffle Cookbook.

Meanwhile, head chef Steven Sweeney will be celebrating the occasion with a dish inspired by Rodney’s visit: Baked eggs, roast Jerusalem artichoke, smoked cow’s curd, beetroot oil, brioche crumble, mushroom dust & shaved local black truffles.


Bookings for breakfast can be made by calling 02 6178 0024.

BOOK LAUNCH: Ellen van Neerven - Comfort Food

We are delighted to launch the poetry debut of acclaimed Queensland author, Ellen van NeervenComfort Food. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar, moving between place and culture to explore identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love.

Launcher Omar Musa says, ‘Ellen van Neerven is the real deal. This is nourishing, soulful tucker for the here and now.’

Van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage, whose first book, Heat and Light was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award and the Dobbie Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)


Zoe Foster Blake - Amazinger Face

Amazinger Face is the fully revised and updated version of bestselling beauty bible, Amazing Face, by former beauty editor, the founder of Go-To, and one of the most respected and irreverent writers in Australia, Zoë Foster Blake.
To celebrate all things Amazinger Face, join Zoë for a wine and some nibbles at Canberra’s gorgeous Muse Bookshop, as she shares her fun and easy advice on all things beauty including tips and tricks such as:
• How to convincingly hide a big, angry blemish, or dirty hair
• The full, correct order of skin care application, from cleansing to primer
• The sneaky cheat for easy hair when you have a teeny newborn

Session 1: 2pm-3.30pm

Session 2: 4pm-5.30pm

TICKETS: $25 (includes a drink on arrival and canapés) or $65 (includes a discounted copy of Amazinger Face (RRP $45), a drink on arrival and canapés)

Copies of Zoe’s books and Go-To Skincare will be available for sale on the day.


Zoë Foster Blake is the founder and creative director of all-natural Australian skin care line Go-To. She has worked in print and online journalism for 15 years, writing for titles such as Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR and Sunday Style; has written four novels: Air Kisses, Playing the Field, The Younger Man and The Wrong Girl, as well as a dating and relationship book, Textbook Romance, which was written in conjunction with Hamish Blake.

The Wrong Girl is currently being made into a TV series for Channel 10, airing late 2016.


Anita Heiss – Barbed Wire & Cherry Blossoms

On 5 August 1944 over 1,000 Japanese soldiers broke out of the Cowra POW camp. In this evocative retelling of events one soldier, Hiroshi, escapes and finds safety at Erambie Station, a nearby Aboriginal mission. Community elder Banjo Williams takes him in and Hiroshi is cared for by Banjo’s daughter Mary. Love blossoms against the backdrop of wartime Australia, the cruel policies of ‘protection' and assimilation and rural hardship.
Indigenous literature activist, chick-lit writer extraordinaire, Twitter tragic and ‘creative disruptor’ Anita Heiss has turned her attention to this little known point in Australian history - to dazzling effect.

Join Anita in conversation with Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at The University of Canberra.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

Please note the earlier start time of 2pm for this event


Incontro Opera – a special Basically Beethoven

Incontro Opera feat. ANU School of Music soprano Daphne Maddock Picture by Peter Hislop

Incontro Opera feat. ANU School of Music soprano Daphne Maddock Picture by Peter Hislop

For this special Basically Beethoven P&P Eventi presents an afternoon of Italian opera with young soprano Daphne Maddock.

From Mozart to Giordani Muse will be awash with music, aperitivo and stuzzichini, small Italian antipasto.


Caro mio ben Tommaso Giordani (c.1730 - 1803)
Amarilli, mia bella Giulio Caccini (1551 - 1618)
L'ho perduta, me meschina, 'Le Nozze di Figaro' W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Ombra mai fu, 'Serse' G.F. Handel (1685 - 1759)

Tickets: $45 // $35 (tickets include wine, food and the talents of budding local artists!)



This event is being organised by P&P Eventi. For more information please contact Paola Cerrato on 0402 475 819 or send an email to

Peter Mares – Not Quite Australian

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.

In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.

Mares will discuss his insight and ideas for understanding Australia’s growing culture of temporary migration, including  the internationalisation of Australia’s education system and our highly politicised asylum-seeker policies with author and ANU associate professor of history, Frank Bongiorno.

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher, who has written about migration for many media outlets including The Age, The Australian Financial Review and Griffith Review. He was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years and is the author of Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)


Candice Fox – Crime & Collaboration

'A bright new star of crime fiction - Candice Fox's writing is inventive, thrilling and totally addictive. It has been such a pleasure to work with her on Never Never.' James Patterson

Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson,one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback.

Never, Never is set in WA mining country, where detective Harriet Blue has been sent to track down three missing young people. But this is no any ordinary case! Burdened with a secretive new partner and a deadly setting, things are further complicated by Harry distracted by her brother ’s arrest for series of murders back in Sydney.

Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra's own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)