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Salman Rushdie: A Sea of Stories
The great Salman Rushdie, staunch defender of free speech and indefatigable advocate for arts and literature, sends the Wheeler Centre a Postcard From Abroad in this special digital event exploring his remarkable career and latest literary adventure.
Rushdie’s work spans children’s books, essays and non-fiction, along with 14 critically-acclaimed novels, including Midnight's Children – for which he was awarded the…
The Salon Series
At our summer Salon, we’re spotlighting artists who push formal limits and play outside the boundaries. Their work challenges assumptions and experiments with convention – whether fiction, poetry or music. Splash around in uncharted waters, colour outside the lines, start in the middle of the story, eat dessert first, and surrender to the unbounded and unexpected – who knows what…
Working with Words: Diana Reid
We spoke with author Diana Reid about writing authentic fiction and her experience as a debut author.
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Melbourne City Reads: Emily Bitto
Wild Abandon, the second novel from Melbourne writer Emily Bitto (The Strays), follows its protagonist Will, heartbroken at the end of his first serious relationship, as he flees Australia for New York City and then into the American heartland on an odyssey that seems fated to have a dark conclusion.
This breathtaking new novel was chosen as the October book in the 2021 Melbourne City Reads initiative, supported by inner-city bookshops. In this special podcast conversation, Bitto is joined by Jason Steger, books editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, to discuss the novel and its haunting, headlong tumble through the hyperreal world of end-days capitalism.
The online bookseller for this event is the Paperback Bookshop
Melbourne City Reads is supported by the City of Melbourne, Victorian Government and ABC Radio Melbourne
This conversation was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26 October 2021 but was cancelled in response to Victorian Government COVID-19 health advice. We are now presenting this discussion exclusively as a podcast.
2022 VPLA Fiction Shortlist Book Club
Join us for a special summer book club at MPavilion, ahead of the announcement of the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
Hear from an insightful and passionate lineup of writers and critics, including Ronnie Scott, Elizabeth Flux, Daniel James, Mark Brandi, Declan Fry and Michael McGirr, as they each make a case for one of the books shortlisted for the…
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