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Paul Auster: Burning Boy


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

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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Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The 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 Art... Read more

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... Read more

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