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Nadja Spiegelman at Alliance Française (VIC)
Nadja Spiegelman

Join Nadja Spiegelman in conversation with Isabelle Mangeot-Hewison as a guest of Melbourne Jewish Book Week to discuss her book, I'm Supposed to Protect You From All This.

A memoir of mothers and daughters, traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again.

Nadja Spiegelman is the daughter of two giants of the New York literary scene, Nadja Spiegelman struggled to find her own identity. More than her famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and even more than most mothers, hers—French-born New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly—exerted a force over reality that was both dazzling and daunting.

Nadja Spiegelman has written three graphic novels for children. She grew up in New York City and now divides her time between Paris and Brooklyn.

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Nadja Spiegelman at Avenue Bookstore
Nadja Spiegelman

Supported by the Melbourne Jewish Book Week, Nadja Spiegelman will be at Avenue Bookstore in coversation with Tim Byrne to discuss her new book I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This.

A memoir of mothers and daughters, traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again.  

More than Nadja Spiegelman’s famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and more than most mothers, hers—French-born New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly—exerted a force over reality that was both dazzling and daunting. As Nadja’s body changed and ‘began to whisper to the adults around me in a language I did not understand’, their relationship grew tense. Unwittingly, they were replaying a drama from her mother’s past. The weight of the difficult stories Françoise told her daughter shifted the balance between them. Nadja’s grandmother’s memories then contradicted her mother’s at nearly every turn, but beneath them lay a difficult history of her own.

Nadja emerged with a deeper understanding of how each generation reshapes the past and how sometimes those who love us best hurt us most. Readers will recognise themselves and their families in this moving, heartbreaking memoir.

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Nadja Spiegelman at the Counhihan Gallery (VIC)
Nadja Spiegelman

Join Nadja Spiegelman in conversation with Stephanie Van Schilt at The Counhihan Gallery courtesy of Melbourne Jewish Book Week for Gender, Identity and Matriarchies.

Nadja and Stephanie will be discussing matriarchies, gender and cultural and contemporary female writing. Nadja will also be sharing a reading from her acclaimed memoir I'm Supposed to Protect You from All Thisa personal story of her transnational matriarchy and the complexities of individual and familial identities.

Nadja Spiegelman has written three graphic novels for children. She grew up in New York City and now divides her time between Paris and Brooklyn.

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Wayne Macauley at Readings (VIC)
Some Tests by Wayne Macauley

Join Wayne Macauley at Readings for the launch of his new book, Some Tests.

An unnerving and brilliant new novel from one of Australia's greatest literary satirists. Beth is leading a normal and healthy life when her GP sends her for a test. She is sent from specialist to specialist until her day becomes a surreal blur.

Wayne Macauley is one of Melbourne’s most loved authors. He’s been described as ‘thought-provoking and brilliant’ (Guardian) and ‘a major Australian writer’ (Readings Monthly). His new novel, Some Tests, is a darkly surreal, fantastically skewed satire of modern medical systems, asking us to reconsider how we live and die.

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A. S. King at Kinokuniya Bookstore (Syd)
A. S. King

Join A. S. King in conversation with Gabrielle Tozer at the Kinokuniya Bookstore to discuss her new book, Still Life with Tornado.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has ‘done the art.’ She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. 

Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page.

A.S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed YA novels. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask The Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her ‘one of the best YA writers working today.’ King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.

RSVP in store, by phone: 02 9262 7996 / email: ebd1-sydney@kinokuniya.co.jp  / or book with Event Brite

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Moira Burke at Readings (VIC)
Moira Burke

Join Moira Burke at Readings St Kilda to discuss her incredible book Losing It.

First published in 1998, Losing It is a vivid and visceral account of 1980s working-class Melbourne and a coming-of-age story that is both familiar and unique, shocking and intimate.

Moira Burke is a Melbourne writer. Losing It is her first novel.

A. S. King at Dymocks (VIC)
A. S. King

Join A. S. King  at Dymocks Melbourne to discuss her new book, Still Life with Tornado.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has ‘done the art.’ She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. 

Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page.

A.S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed YA novels. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask The Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her ‘one of the best YA writers working today.’ King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.

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Text at the Emerging Writers' Festival (VIC)

Join Text authors Libby Angel, Mark Smith, Leanne Hall, Jennifer Down, Vikki Wakefield, Angela Savage, Jock Serong, Arnold Zable, Melanie Cheng, and Text editors Elena Gomez and Jane Pearson at the Emerging Writers' Festival!

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Vikki Wakefield at The Sun Theatre (VIC)
Vikki Wakefield

Join Vikki Wakefield in conversation with Kate O'Donnell at the Sun Theatre to discuss her spooky new YA book, Ballad for a Mad Girl.

Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night she experiences something she can’t explain.

As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. 

Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

RSVP by 14 June.

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Text at the Emerging Writers' Festival YA Masterclass (VIC)

Join Text at the Emerging Writers' Festival YA Masterclass to hear from authors and editors, and get an inside look into the Text Prize.

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