Two books -– one by Dr David Reiter, the American-born author-director of a leading Brisbane publishing house, and one by former Northern Star editor and current columnist Jim Brigginshaw – are to be launched together in Lismore.

The new books have been released by Interactive Publications, widely regarded as Australia’s most innovative independent publisher.

The dual launching will be at Lismore’s Rous Hotel on November 19 from 6.30pm. The public is invited to the free event, with refreshments provided.

Dr Reiter’s book, Primary Instinct, is a timely adult satire on life in a typical State primary school.

From the ever-changing curriculum fads to poor funding, from classroom discipline to the trials of administrative politics, it tells the reader that ‘life is absurd, but let’s get on with it, anyway’.

Jim Brigginshaw has ventured out of his usual field of humour for his new book, Over My Dead Body.

This is graphic historical fiction, set in the Ipswich (Qld) coalfields in the hungry days of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The reader is drawn effortlessly into the plot in which a complexity of human lives converge.

It is a multi-generational novel themed by ambition, struggle, endurance and love that propels the narrative through the birth of the Brisbane region.

The book won Interactive Publications’ Best Fiction of 2008 Award.

For nearly 60 years, Brigginshaw has worked in all facets of newspaper journalism at nine major dailies in three States – including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Brisbane Courier-Mail and The Australian.
 
Among his career recognition is a national Walkley Award, and Sir Harry Budd and Prodi awards. He also was runner-up in the Australian Journalist of the Year.