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at The Wheeler Centre

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom's Australian visit has been cancelled for personal reasons. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

Historians equivocate. But author Amy Bloom is in no doubt: erstwhile First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok were in love. Now, the New York Times-bestselling author has written commanding work of historical fiction, White Houses, drawn from their passionate correspondence. Joyce Carol Oates has described Bloom’s addictive new novel as ‘irresistibly readable … remarkably intimate’.

It isn’t the first time the psychoanalyst-turned-author has played with themes of love, sexual fluidity and compelling double lives. These themes have surfaced in her acclaimed novels (including Lucky Us and Away), in her short-story collections, in her ground-breaking essays and in her engrossing narrative journalism. 

At the Wheeler Centre, Amy Bloom will chat with Louise Swinn about her fascinating career and the true story behind White Houses.

Hares & Hyenas will be our bookseller at this event.


Portrait of Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, editor, publisher and reviewer. Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Louise was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize.


A collision of writers. An explosion of ideas. This May, explore old and new stories through great conversation: from revitalised classics to cutting-edge fiction, incisive memoir to razor-sharp perspectives on the world of today.

Take your brain out for a spin. Come face to face with Mayhem!


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