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Text at 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers’ and Readers’ Festival
Tim Flannery

The biennial WORD Christchurch Readers’ and Writers’ Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand's South Island 

WORD events bring writers, thinkers and performers together to celebrate the written word and provide a window for readers to respond to ideas. 

A number of Text authors will be appearing at the Christchurch festival in 2016. They are Tim Flannery, Kate Holden, John Freeman, David Levithan, Matt Vickers, Jane Higgins, and Bernard Beckett

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Geoff Dyer at Adelaide Writers’ Week
Geoff Dyer

Celebrated writer and cantankerous thinker, Geoff Dyer returns to Adelaide, with a new book of essays, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World. From a trip to the Lightning Field in New Mexico to a disappointing hunt for Gauguin’s ghost in Tahiti, Dyer brings his celebrated mash up of travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction to the question – why do we travel? His is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers alike. Dyer is, as ever, wry, generous and wonderfully clever.

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. He has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ’s Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011 and was a finalist in 1998.

In 2015 he won a Windham Campbell Award for Non-fiction and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Dyer currently lives in Los Angeles where he is a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.

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Text at the 2016 Canberra Writers’ Festival
Canberra Writers' Festival

Taking place from Friday 26 August – Sunday 28 August the Canberra Writers' Festival will showcase local, national and international writers across an array of venues around the National Capital.

Power, Politics and Passion are the driving themes of the festival and an exciting line up of authors and artists are in store for those who love books, reading or are writers themselves!

Held over 3 days the festival will offer you the opportunity to engage in a number of activities from workshops, panel sessions, keynote addresses to intimate events such as literary lunches and dinners.

Two Text authors, Yann Martel and Eimear McBride, will be appearing at the 2016 Canberra Writers' Festival. 

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Text at the 2016 Melbourne Writers’ Festival
Melbourne Writers' Festival

MWF is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August MWF presents the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events.

The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a third of the program is free. The highly regarded Schools’ Program is Australia’s biggest literary festival for students.

A number of our wonderful Text authors are appearing at MWF in 2016. These include Yann Martel, John Freeman, Eimear McBride, David Levithan, David Burton, Neil Strauss, Geoff Dyer, Leanne Hall, Elizabeth Harrower, Magda Szubanski, Toni Jordan, Arnold Zable, Peter Mares, Ashleigh Wilson, Elspeth Muir, Helen Garner, Tim Watts, Vikki Wakefield, Jennifer Down, Myke Bartlett, Rebecca Lim, and Sally Rippin

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Yann Martel at Adelaide Writers’ Week
Yann Martel

Join Yann Martel as he discusses his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, a haunting exploration of great love and loss. Part Quest, part ghost story, part fable, this new novel is filled with tenderness, humour and endless surprise. It takes its readers on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and through the human soul. And yes, there is an animal involved. 

An Adelaide Writers’ Week out of season special event.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee 

Martel is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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Yann Martel Literary Luncheon
Yann Martel

Join Yann Martel for a literary luncheon, hosted by Dymocks.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the number one international bestseller. Life of Pi has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). Life of Pi spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee.

His latest book The High Mountains of Portugal  is a suspenseful, mesmerising story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives.

Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel’s new book offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.

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Matt Vickers at Unity Books
Matt Vickers

A successful young lawyer in Wellington, Lecretia Seales met and fell in love with Matt Vickers in 2003. In Lecretia’s Choice, Matt tells the story of their life together, and how it changed when his proud, fiercely independent wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and forced to confront her own mortality.

The death she faced—slow, painful, dependent—was completely at odds with how she had lived her life. Lecretia wanted to die with dignity, to be able to say goodbye well, and not to suffer unnecessarily—but the law denied her that choice. With her characteristic spirit, she decided to mount a challenge in New Zealand’s High Court, but as the battle raged, Lecretia’s strength faded. She died on 5 June 2015, at the age of forty-two, the day after her family learned that the court had ruled against her.

Lecretia’s Choice is not only a moving love story but compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms.

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Yann Martel at Gleebooks
Yann Martel

Join Gleebooks for an engaging discussion with Yann Martel about his highly anticipated new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal begins in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into Tomás’s quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together.

Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel’s new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee

Martel is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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Yann Martel at State Library of Queensland
Yann Martel

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, comes to Brisbane for one night only to discuss his latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal.

In Libson in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that – if he can find it – would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Yann's new novel is part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable, and offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humour and endless surprises, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century and through the human soul.

Don't miss Yann Martel, as he sits down with Griffith Review's Luke Stegemann, to discuss The High Mountains of Portugal.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee

Martel is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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Yann Martel at Byron Writers’ Festival
Yann Martel

Yann Martel, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of the bestselling Life of Pi, returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel, with the highly anticipated release of The High Mountains of Portugal. See him in Byron Bay as part of his Australian tour, in conversation with Matthew Condon.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee

Martel is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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