by Sean Williams

Happy Book Birthday, Impossible Music!

I’ve been waiting for this day so long I can’t quite believe it’s here. Impossible Music is now available for sale. After so many years of research, writing and editing, it has now passed out of my hands and into yours. I hope you like it.

It’s published in the US and Canada by Clarion and in Australia and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin, and on audio by Blackstone. It was launched a couple of days early here in Adelaide at the J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, with incredible contributions from Gabriella Smart (piano), Thom Buchanan (art), Lina Limosani and Larissa McGowan (dance), Ian Gibbins (visual poetry), Maggie Tonkin (MC), and Vikki Wakefield (launch and interview). You can see a clip here. You can also experience the brand-new audiovisual work that Ian and I created especially for the launch here. (I’ll post more about this amazing night in due course.)

For now, I just want to say that I hope you enjoy the book. Bringing it into the world has been an incredible experience, incorporating both learning and therapy at my end. Maybe it will for you too.

Enjoy - and if you contributed in any way, large or small, thank you!

Oh, and here are some reviews:

“Showcasing his skill at writing realism, Australian sci-fi author Williams (the Twinmaker series) creates a contemplative, sensitively written novel that takes readers deep into the mind of a young musician suffering an identity crisis.” - Publishers Weekly

 “profound ... inspiring” - Booklist

 “honest, satisfying, and surprisingly original” - Kirkus

 “intriguing ... absorbing” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

 “smart, authentic, brilliantly executed and sometimes blackly funny” - Readings

“Filled with philosophical ideas about the definition of music and its accessibility to the deaf, this thought-provoking love story considers how to move forward into a new reality.” - Publishers Weekly

Wine label from the launch. Cheers!

Wine label from the launch. Cheers!