at The Wheeler Centre

Steve Toltz

Steve Toltz’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, A Fraction of the Whole, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. Capricious and intense — and also bitingly funny — A Fraction of the Whole deploys Toltz’s unique writing style as he unfurls the calamitous exploits of the Dean family (and those around them).

Now, seven years later, Toltz follows his debut novel with Quicksand — a darkly hilarious and compelling exploration of friendship and fate, carried by Toltz’s kinetic prose and playful approach to narrative.

Steve Toltz comes to the Wheeler Centre for a conversation with publisher, writer and critic Louise Swinn. They’ll discuss writing, his life as an Australian writer in New York, the pressures of follow-up novels and more.

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Portrait of Steve Toltz

Steve Toltz

Steve Toltz was born in Sydney. His first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. Quicksand is his highly anticipated second novel. 

Portrait of Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.


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