at Hansen Hall and Conversation Quarter, State Library Victoria

Sarah Krasnostein: The Believer

Join award-winning writer Sarah Krasnostein in conversation with Maria Tumarkin as they take a deep dive into the elusive, intangible act of believing.

 With her award-winning debut The Trauma Cleaner, Krasnostein told the singular story of Sandra Pankhurst with deep empathy, clarity and curiosity. Now, in her second book The Believer, she explores the extraordinary beliefs and convictions of six ordinary people. Some believe in things many of us consider impossible: aliens, ghosts, life after death. Others hold beliefs that are no less challenging, but hit a little closer to home. 

 Both heartfelt and provocative, The Believer explores the many facets of faith with Krasnostein’s characteristic compassion and warmth.

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The bookseller for this event is Readings.

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Portrait of Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a doctorate in criminal law. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America. She 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, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction, the Dobbie Literary Award and jointly won the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Krasnostein was longlisted for the Walkley Book Award and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK).

Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and academic journals in Australia, the UK and America. Her latest book, The Believer: Encounters with love, death & faith was published in March 2020.

Portrait of Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award (US), the Stella Prize, and the Prime Minister’s, NSW and Victorian Premiers’ Awards. Axiomatic was named a New Yorker Top 10 Book of 2019.

Maria is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the category of nonfiction. She holds a PhD in cultural history and is a senior lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Melbourne.

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