Events

Keep up to date with Random House Australia's calendar of events including upcoming author appearances, tour dates and special events.

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

Whether in the plot or the process, love permeates the art of reading and writing. American novelist Meg Wolitzer's new book The Interestings delicately probes our deepest thoughts and fears, our loves and our everyday needs. In her impressive debut The Strays, new Australian talent Emily Bitto looks at love in many forms, from teenage obsession, to adult betrayal. These two passionate women talk about love in literature, the transformative nature of books, literatures, great lovers and what stories of love, obsession and desire can teach us about our own hearts. A session for the true book lo

Aug 22
Time:
Friday, 22 August 2014, 2:30pm
Venue:
ACMI Cinema 1
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/what-i-learned-about-love-from-reading/

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Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

Whether in the plot or the process, love permeates the art of reading and writing. American novelist Meg Wolitzer's new book The Interestings delicately probes our deepest thoughts and fears, our loves and our everyday needs. In her impressive debut The Strays, new Australian talent Emily Bitto looks at love in many forms, from teenage obsession, to adult betrayal. These two passionate women talk about love in literature, the transformative nature of books, literatures, great lovers and what stories of love, obsession and desire can teach us about our own hearts. A session for the true book lo

Time:
Friday, 22 August 2014, 2:30pm
Venue:
ACMI Cinema 1
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/what-i-learned-about-love-from-reading/
NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

A rising voice in contemporary fiction Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel We Need New Names made her the first black African woman to make the Man Booker Prize shortlist. The New York Times called it 'a deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel' and Bulawayo was also honoured as one of the Granta's Best Young British Novelists last year, another signpost of great things to come. Bulawayo discusses her coming of age novel about immigration and the African diaspora. Set in Zimbabwe and the United States, it tells the story of ten year old Darling who must navigate a fragile and

Time:
Friday, 22 August 2014, 4:00pm
Venue:
ACMI Cinema 1
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/noviolet-bulawayo-in-conversation/#tickets
Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

Join Jennifer Byrne with regular panellists Jason Steger and Marieke Hardy for a taping of a Melbourne Writers Festival edition of ABC's The Book Club. Featuring special festival guests Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings) and Rupert Thompson (Secrecy).

Time:
Friday, 22 August 2014, 7:00pm
Venue:
ABC, Elsternwick
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
A free event but bookings are essential. To book your seat please call 02 8333 3644 or email bookclub@abc.net.au.
Please note there is a two-ticket-per-person booking limit.
Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

In her latest novel The Interestings, New York Times best selling author Meg Wolitzer explores the meaning of talent; the roles of class, art. money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life. In a case of life imitating art Wolitzer discusses the relative inequality and lack of respect afforded to women novelists who write about domestic life, marriage, families, growing up, growing old. In conversation with Jane Sullivan.

Time:
Saturday, 23 August 2014, 10:00am
Venue:
Deakin Edge
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/meg-wolitzer-the-interestings/
Rachael Herron

Fiona's Flame

Start your day with Festival early bird and Big Issue books editor, Thuy On, as she hosts readings with Emily Bitton, Erri De Luca, Eddin Khoo and Nic Low.

Time:
Saturday, 23 August 2014, 10:00am
Venue:
Festival Club at Optic
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
This is a free event and bookings are not required.
NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

Award winning Zimbabwean novelist NoViolet Bulawayo and Melbourne writer and slam poet Maxine Beneba Clark write creative voices to showcase a collision of cultures and languages on the page. Their powerful dramatic readings will highlight the inherent challenges of transforming spoken language into literature. In conversation with Melinda Harvey.

Time:
Saturday, 23 August 2014, 11:30am
Venue:
ACMI The Cube
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
This is a free event and bookings are not required.
Rachael Herron

Fiona's Flame

Romance is now one of the biggest selling genres in literature and has come a long way since Mills & Boon first created escapist fiction for women in the 1930s.Internationally best-selling author Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow novels, Pack up the Moon) and exciting newcomer Su Dharmapala (The Wedding Season, Saree) discuss what makes a good contemporary romance novel, how the genre has evolved and why millions of readers keep returning to this blockbuster genre. In conversation with Stephanie van Schilt.

Time:
Saturday, 23 August 2014, 11:30am
Venue:
ACMI Cinema 1
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/modern-love/
Nick Earls

Analogue Men

Melbourne Writers Festival invites young readers and their families to celebrate your love of books with a fast moving hour of literary entertainment hosted by Lachlann Carter from 100 Story Building. Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton take you on a tour of their latest instalment from Australia's most popular series: the 52 Storey Treehouse. Nick Earls embarks on a magical wordhunting adventure to trace the origins and journey of familiar words. Australia's Children's Laureate Jackie French shares stories from the farm and the joy of living with a large, hairy marsupial named Mothball. Plus live

Time:
Saturday, 23 August 2014, 4:00pm
Venue:
Deakin Edge
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
This is a free event but bookings are required.
Bookings can be made online at www.mwf.com.au/session/read-aloud/
NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

A spectacular night of non-fiction storytelling. Writers, radio producers and musicians come together to tell stories on the theme ‘When Words Fail’ live on stage. Join host Jaye Kranz with guests including John Safran, Benjamin Walker, NoViolet Bulawayo and Omar Musa for documentary radio like you’ve never experienced before. This full-scale live production, creating feature radio in front of a live audience, will be recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National, 360 Documentaries.

Time:
Saturday, 23 August 2014, 7:00pm
Venue:
Iwaki Auditorium
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/the-radio-hour/
Rachael Herron

Fiona's Flame

Internationally bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series, Rachael Herron knows a thing or ten about romance. She will share her experiences of how to break into romance writing and highlight some of the challenges and misperceptions that could make or break your career. Rachel will answer your questions as well as offering advice on revision, finishing that draft and plotting versus 'pantsing'. When not working as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher, Rachel has built an impressive library of work including her moving collection of knitting stories A Life in Stiches and her poignant new novel

Time:
Sunday, 24 August 2014, 1:00pm
Venue:
Workshop Space, Wheeler Centre
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mwf.com.au/session/seminar-breaking-into-romance/

Festivals

Adelaide Festival
Brisbane Writers Festival
Byron Bay Festival
Melbourne Writers Festival
Perth Writers Festival
Sydney Writers Festival
Voices on the Coast
Somerset Festival
Festival Of Golden Words