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Fran Lebowitz

'One thing about leaving your apartment is there's so many other people out there. The great thing about my apartment, aside from the fact that it's a great apartment, is that I control if there are other people in it.'

 This October, Fran Lebowitz is bringing her deliciously devastating brand of no-holds-barred wit back to the Wheeler Centre.

From one New Yorker to another, she’ll speak with Sarah Krasnostein about everything from the city they love to the foibles they hate and the writing they can’t forget. 

Lebowitz is one of America's most insightful social commentators, a sought-after public speaker, style icon, wit and flaneur. She has collaborated with Martin Scorsese on two documentaries: the film Public Speaking in 2010, and the Netflix series Pretend It's a City in 2021. 

Well-versed in the art of conversation, Lebowitz originally made her name as a columnist for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, before publishing two bestselling volumes of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, both of which are collected in the recently reissued The Fran Lebowitz Reader. Celebrating its release, she joins us from New York, the only city she believes she would be allowed to live in. Settle in for a wide-ranging conversation with a wit so sharp you can think of the distance as a safety measure.

 The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content


This event takes place online and is available on demand from Monday 25 October  6.30pm AEDT, until Monday 1 November 6.30pm AEDT.

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Who?

Portrait of Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Arriving in New York over 50 years ago, Fran Lebowitz made her name as a columnist on Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, before publishing two bestselling volumes of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, which are collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader.

She is one of America's most insightful social commentators, a sought-after public speaker, style icon, wit and flaneur. Fran Lebowitz has collaborated with Martin Scorsese on two documentaries: the film Public Speaking in 2010, and the limited series, Pretend It's a City in 2021

Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

Portrait of Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is the best-selling author of The Trauma Cleaner which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Award Prize for Non-Fiction, and the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction. She was nominated for the Walkley Book Award and was a finalist for the National Biography Award and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK). Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in Australia, the UK and America. Her latest book, The Believer: Encounters with love, death & faith was published in March 2021.

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Tickets for this event are $18 and $12 concession plus a one-off transaction fee of $4 per order, and will allow you to view the conversation from 6.30pm AEDT, Monday 25 October until 6.30pm AEDT, Monday 1 November.Book now

Postcards From Abroad

When we’ve been apart for so long, there’s a lot to catch up on. We’re reopening the borders of the written word and reigniting global cultural conversation, with a series of longform video postcards, featuring the most exciting names in international literature. 

In these intimate conversations, the world’s boldest creative voices discuss their latest books and projects. Be transported to far-flung places, be exposed to unfamiliar perspectives, and discover new ideas.