Postcards From Abroad
'One thing about leaving your apartment is there's so many other people out there. The great thing about my apartment, aside from the fact that it's a great apartment, is that I control if there are other people in it.'
This October, Fran Lebowitz is bringing her deliciously devastating brand of no-holds-barred wit back to the Wheeler Centre.
Broadly Speaking: Mieko Kawakami and Fernanda Melchor
'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.’
English-language publishers are increasingly embracing works in translation. What new worlds does this open up for readers? What does feminism gain from more translated women's voices in fiction?
For this conversation, we spoke with two international authors with major works recently published in English. Mieko Kawakami is the author…
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Take Home Reading: Ellena Savage
Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work.
In this episode we’re talking to Ellena Savage about her collection, Blueberries.
In Blueberries, Savage wields a stirring blend of journalism, poetry, polemic and memoir in her pursuit of human truths: the meaning of power and desire, the decisions that make a life, and one’s place in the world.
‘Blueberries, the book, charts some of my travels and my attempts to make a life for myself that supports writing. And that's often meant me living outside of Melbourne, which is obviously a very expensive place to live if you're not a professional. So the book itself is about mobility in all its connotations, so kind of global mobility, through travel, migration, colonisation. It's about class mobility, social mobility, and also [the] physical mobility of women.’
Ellena was programmed to appear in our Next Big Thing: Here and Gone Edition event, which was unfortunately cancelled as part of our preventative measures to stem the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
Blueberries is out now through Text Publishing.
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Meg Wolitzer: The Female Persuasion
Brodie Lancaster, left, and Meg Wolitzer, right
Meg Wolitzer’s latest novel, The Female Persuasion, is about public pedestals and feminist friction.
Wolitzer herself is a feminist powerhouse who wrote her first novel, Sleepwalking, while still at university. A precocious talent, she was mentored by the famous essayist and screenwriter Nora Ephron.
Today, she’s the author of 12 acclaimed novels, including The Interestings and The Uncoupling. Three of her novels have been adapted to screen, most recently The Wife, starring Glenn Close. Always witty and always wise, Wolitzer’s work is preoccupied with the everyday struggles and successes of American women.
Wolitzer's own career trajectory – from young upstart to prominent novelist and teacher – makes her especially well placed to explore the tensions of intergenerational feminism. Her latest novel, The Female Persuasion, examines ideological purity, mentorship and compromise in the contemporary feminist landscape. It’s Wolitzer at her piercing and satirical best.
Recorded last May in Melbourne, she discusses The Female Persuasion and her incredible career to date with host Brodie Lancaster.
The 2020 Stella Prize Announcement
The Stella Prize celebrates the excellence of Australian women’s writing with an annual $50,000 prize. Now in its eighth year, the Stella Prize is a fixture of Australia’s literary culture – driving books sales, sparking book clubs and boosting the careers of women writers.
Watch the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize – hosted by Patricia Karvelas…
Daniel Mendelsohn: A Critical Odyssey
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