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Siri Hustvedt: Mothers, Fathers, and Others

'Remember this: the world loves powerful men and hates powerful women. I know. Believe me, I know. The world will punish you, but you must hold fast.'

Across seven novels and five collections of essays, Siri Hustvedt has often devoted her thinking to delineating differing states of being, particularly those of men and women. In her new essay collection, the moving, funny, and sharply considered Mothers, Fathers, and Others, she sets about complicating this task, reminding us that the boundaries we take for granted are far less fixed than we often expect. Hustvedt playfully invites readers to reconsider categories such as self and other, art and viewer, nature and nurture. Do they exist at all? Might our fixation with them be leading us into personal, political and philosophical strife?

In this conversation, hosted by Tali Lavi, Hustvedt will explore the ways being alive means re-evaluating our relationships with art, science, family, and with the world around us.

The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content

This event takes place online and is available on demand from Tuesday 7 December  6.30pm AEDT, until Tuesday 14 December 5pm AEDT.

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Portrait of Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt is the author of seven novels including the international besteller What I LovedThe Blazing World, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Memories of the Future, as well as five collections of essays: Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros, Living, Thinking, Looking and A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women. She has also published a poetry collection, Reading To You, and the memoir The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves.

Hustvedt has won the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities and the European Essay Prize for her essay The Delusions of Certainty. She is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and has written on art for the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph. Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Portrait of Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a critic, writer and public interviewer whose work has appeared in Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper and Sydney Review of Books amongst others. 'Counting', an essay, was published in Marina Benjamin's Garden Among Fires: A Lockdown Anthology. Tali has interviewed writers for festivals including Adelaide Writers' Week, Melbourne Jewish Book Week, Melbourne Writers Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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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, Tuesday 7 December until 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 14 December 2021.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.