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Paul Auster: Burning Boy

Paul Auster is a true giant of contemporary literature. Acclaimed for his best-selling works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including The New York Trilogy, Invisible, and The Brooklyn Follies, Auster writes complex and daring tales of humans experiencing, anticipating or searching for something lost, something they are struggling to comprehend.

In his newest book, Burning Boy, he turns his eye to the 19th-century bad boy of American literature, Stephen Crane. Crane is known for popularising American naturalism, a literary movement that has influenced generations of writers (including Auster himself). But he was as daring off the page as he was on it.

Throughout his short life, Crane cavorted from one high-stakes situation to the next: from engaging in political journalism that disrupted the course of the 1892 presidential campaign, to entering a common-law marriage with the proprietress of Jacksonville’s most elegant bawdyhouse, to surviving a shipwreck that nearly drowned him, and eventually relocating to England, where Joseph Conrad became his closest friend and Henry James wept over his tragic, early death.

Join Auster and host Corrie Perkin for a conversation about Burning Boy and the nature of creative legacy. What are the questions one master chooses to ask of another? And what is there to learn from a life lived so bright it burned?

The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content

This event takes place online and is available on demand from Wednesday 3 November  6.30pm AEDT, until Wednesday 10 November 6.30pm AEDT.

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Portrait of Paul Auster

Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Winter JournalSunset ParkMan in the DarkThe Brooklyn FolliesThe Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Portrait of Corrie Perkin

Corrie Perkin

Corrie Perkin is a books advocate, editor, award-winning journalist, podcaster, interviewer, events host and communications advisor. For 12 years she owned a bookshop in Melbourne and continues her mission of bringing writers and readers together via her media projects.

Since 2017, Corrie has served as a board member of the Wheeler Centre.

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Tickets for this event are $15 and $10 concession plus a one-off transaction fee of $4 per order, and will allow you to view the conversation from 6.30pm AEDT, Wednesday 3 November until 6.30pm AEDT, Wednesday 10 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.