Since winning the 1993 Pulitzer for the international best-seller The Shipping News, Annie Proulx has gone on to become one of the most celebrated, best-loved novelists and short story writers of our time.
In her only Melbourne appearance, presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival, she discusses her new memoir Bird Cloud with the Wheeler Centre’s Michael Williams.
Proulx reveals the love of books and reading that led to the installation of a 'bibliothèque' in her new home, built on a property where she’s discovered obsidian fragments from Yellowstone and 2700-year-old charcoal beneath a mere inch of topsoil.
She also explains that she’s done with writing stories about her home state of Wyoming, and offers her insights into 'wiggling small things out of the unknown and onto the page'.
Annie Proulx is one of the best-selling American novelists of our time.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.
He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and elsewhere.