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Peter Polites and Christos Tsiolkas

We’ll bring you a cracking conversation for our last Double Booked Club of the year, when Christos Tsiolkas is joined by Peter Polites.

Tsiolkas is the internationally acclaimed author of The Slap, Barracuda and Dead Europe. He's also a celebrated playwright, critic and short-story writer. His new novel, Damascus, is perhaps his most ambitious work yet, based on the gospel and letters of St Paul and concerned with the early days of the Christian church.

Peter Polites is among the most exciting new satirical voices in contemporary Australian literature. Hailing from western Sydney – a hotbed of provocative literary voices in recent years – Polites won praise for his 2017 neo-noir novel, Down the Hume. The book was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. His new novel, The Pillars, is about suburban aspiration and consumerism.

Both Tsiolkas and Polites are writers of Greek descent and both are animated by questions of class, sexuality and community. They’ll have a lot to talk about in this lunchtime session, hosted by Maxine Beneba Clarke.

Hares & Hyenas will be our bookseller for this event.

Can’t make it in person? Watch and participate from wherever you are – the event will be live-streamed on this page, and you can sign up for a reminder here.

Double Booked Club: Peter Polites and Christos Tsiolkas

Who?

Portrait of Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award winning author of over nine books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Victorian Premier’s Award winning poetry collection Carrying the World, and the Boston Globe/Horn Prize winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van T. Rudd.

Portrait of Peter Polites

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. As part of the SWEATSHOP writers collective, Peter has written and performed pieces all over Australia. His first novel, Down the Hume, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2017. The Pillars is his second novel.

Portrait of Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels, including Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award, as well as being made into a feature film. His fourth novel, the international bestseller The Slap, won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold, as well as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year.

Double Booked Club

Block out one Monday every month in your calendar. You're booked. Actually, you're Double Booked. 

In these sessions, we bring together two great local fiction authors for a leisurely, wide-ranging discussion of their new books, their backlists, their shared themes and each other's work.

Ahead of each event, ticket-bookers will receive some extra reading material relating to the books in question, so you can swot up in advance (you epic nerd). Can't make it? Watch from home with our live-stream.

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