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The Lifted Brow; $29.99
By Michael Lucy
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Picador; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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Celebrate short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’
By Barry Hill
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Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
By Richard Flanagan
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The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
By Tom Griffiths
Are creativity and addiction intrinsically linked? Authors Elspeth Muir (Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief, and a Death in Brisbane), Liam Pieper (The Feel-Good Hit of the Year) and Luke Williams (The Ice Age) discuss this question with session chair Erik Jensen (editor of the Saturday Paper and author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen) at the Byron Writers Festival 2016. Byron Bay, August 2016
This Byron Writers Festival 2016 session brings together writers who have explored themes of art and music in their work.   Jeffery Renard Allen is a poet, essayist and academic whose most recent novel is Song of the Shank. Rosalyn D’Mello is a New Delhi–based arts writer and the author of the memoir A Handbook for My Lover. Texas-based Australian novelist Dominic Smith is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Erik Jensen, editor of the Saturday Paper and author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, chairs the panel.   Byron Bay, August 2016
This Byron Writers Festival 2016 interview between Charles Waterstreet and Erik Jensen takes the format of a live profile, in which Jensen lays bare the journalistic process for the audience. Charles Waterstreet is a barrister, author, theatre and film producer. He has written two memoirs, produced two films and is a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Erik Jensen is the editor of the Saturday Paper and the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen. Byron Bay, August 2016
‘Does Writing Matter?’ The inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture, Melbourne Writers Festival 2016
By Richard Flanagan
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Hachette; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
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Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
By Justin Clemens
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
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The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
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Chatto & Windus; $29.99
By Peter Craven
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Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
By Barry Hill
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Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
By Anna Goldsworthy

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