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Patrick deWitt: The Librarianist


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Celebrated novelist and screenwriter Patrick deWitt discusses his latest novel, The Librarianist.

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Known for literary masterpieces like The Sisters Brothers and French Exit, Canadian writer Patrick deWitt has been delighting readers for more than a decade.

In his latest work, The Librarianist, deWitt’s distinctive verve and humour come to the fore. His exploration of the life of retired Oregon-based librarian Bob Comet masterfully blends melancholy and comedy.

With host Marieke Hardy, deWitt will delve into his expansive career and the compassion for the outcast that animates his latest novel, celebrating the extraordinary in so-called ordinary life.


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The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop.


Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt is the author of The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Walter Scott Prize, and was adapted for a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and Riz Ahmed. He also is the author of Ablutions, which was... Read more

Marieke Hardy

Marieke Hardy is a curator, screenwriter, artist, and producer. She has penned columns for The Age, The Drum, and Frankie magazine, and written for many television shows, including Laid, Erotic Stories, Barons, The Family Law, Heartbreak High, and Seven Types of Ambiguity. She was co-curator of in... Read more


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