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OSLO DAVIS AT THE LITTLE LIBRARY
Supported by Dumbo Feather
Sat 30 Aug, 11am. The Little Library. FREE
Join a surprising selection of writers from across the Festival for this series of intimate conversations in Dumbo Feather’s Airstream caravan. An audience of just ﬁve people will attend each session, with each guest writer kept secret until they enter the caravan. Fri 22 – Sun 24 & Fri 29 – Sun 31 Aug. Visit mwf.com.au for full details
COFFEE & PAPERS
The Age invites you to join them for
Enjoy the elegant surrounds of the Soﬁtel’s Fitzroy Ballroom, a complimentary sparkling wine, light afternoon tea and delightful conversation with Festival guests
a look at the day’s headlines. Join The Age’s editors and journalists,
and some of the Festival’s most interesting writers and thinkers, for a caffeine-fuelled discussion of the day’s news. Admission free to The Age subscribers. Bookings required. Supported by The Age Sat 23 & Sat 30 Aug, 9am. Festival Club at Optic. Price: $10 Code: 9308 & 9108
Meg Wolitzer, Rupert Thompson, and Nick Earls. With MWF Chair Michael Webster. Sun 24 Aug, 1.30pm. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Price: $60 Code: 6401
Watch illustrator Oslo Davis sketch browsers and book-swappers inside The Little Library on Level 2 at Melbourne Central. His drawings will form an exhibition, to stay on display in The Little Library throughout September. Visit Melbourne Central on Facebook for your chance to win a portrait sitting with Oslo Davis when he visits the centre on 30 August.
Put down your phone and pick up a book during your daily tram commute! MWF will provide weekly reading suggestions from our 2014 program during the #onboardbookclub. Follow the hashtag on Twitter for updates and to share your own reviews. Fri 18 Jul - Sat 31 Aug. On all Yarra Trams. Supported by Yarra Trams
TWISTS & TURNS APP
Explore Melbourne by foot and the 96 tram and celebrate Melbourne’s independent, emerging and fringe writers on this curated literary hop through the city. Choose your own adventure along the route with pop up events including book readings, debates, music, trivia, races and literary karaoke!
Be the hero of a story where you choose what happens. Introducing our exciting storytelling app, Twists and Turns. Start walking from Melbourne Town Hall and hear a story on your iPhone. The plot twists with the streets you turn down. Incorporating high-tech geo-location beacons and written by Festival authors, this is a literary experience not be missed. Download it from the App Store from mid-August.
Supported by Yarra Trams
Supported by JWT Melbourne, Tactify and Risk Sound
Visit mwf.com.au for full details
Visit mwf.com.au for details.
DYMOCKS FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP
Sun 31 Aug, 1pm. MWF Box Office, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 5112
Visit the Dymocks Festival Bookshop at Fed Square during the Festival to take advantage of special offers, an amazing range of books and expert literary advice. Authors will be in-store to sign copies of their work directly after their events in Fed Square. Open daily, Fri 22 – Sun 31 Aug.
WORLD LITERATURE Sharing stories is a universal tradition that spans time and place, culture and continents. World Literature will take audiences on a literary tour of the globe as we welcome the best writers from Africa, Asia, India, Europe and America alongside Australia’s own international stars. Be transported from Melbourne to Belfast’s criminal underworld, swoon at the lush beauty and romance of Sri Lanka, or be swept along by the fast paced dark comedy of Catalonia. International guests include Simon Armitage (UK), NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Erri De Luca (Italy), Philip Hensher (UK), Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore), Imma Monsó (Spain), Alissa Nutting (USA), Rupert Thomson (UK) and Meg Wolitzer (USA). LIMITS OF STORYTELLING
HISTORIANS AT WORK
Melbourne writers Maria Tumarkin and Wayne Macauley (Demons) discuss whether stories really take us closer to the truth of our lives. Are stories like masks, both revealing and concealing truths? And how do we use stories and what can stories do for us?
Historians and writers Christopher Clark (The Sleepwalkers), Nicholas Clements (The Black Wars) and Clare
Fri 22 Aug, 10am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4201
IN CONVERSATION IMMA MONSÓ Award-winning Catalan novelist and columnist Imma Monsó discusses her impressive body of work and her ﬁrst novel to be published in English, A Man of His Word. Get the scoop on this humourous and poignant novelist. Supported by Acción Cultural Española Fri 22 Aug, 10am. ACMI The Cube. FREE
IN CONVERSATION RUPERT THOMSON
have written histories that challenged or overturned established views of their subjects. The panel discuss their individual approaches to research and process and the art, craft and labour of writing history.
Award-winning English novelist Rupert Thomson was once described as ‘one of the strangest and most refreshingly un-English voices in contemporary ﬁction.’ A chameleon author whose work is always surprising, Thomson discusses his ninth novel, Secrecy – a masterful tale of intrigue in 17th century Florence.
Fri 22 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3202
Fri 22 Aug, 2.30pm. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1204
WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LOVE FROM READING
IN CONVERSATION NOVIOLET BULAWAYO
American novelist Meg Wolitzer and impressive new Australian talent Emily Bitto talk about love in literature, the transformative nature of books, literature’s great lovers and what stories of love, obsession and desire can teach us about our own hearts.
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. NoViolet discusses her coming of age novel about immigration and the African diaspora.
Wright (The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka)
Fri 22 Aug, 2.30pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3204
Fri 22 Aug, 4pm. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3205
GLOBAL SHORT STORIES The recent trend in publishing single author collections from relatively new writers has marked a resurgence in short ﬁction. Writers Nic Low (NZ), Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore) and Rachel Tresize (Wales) reveal the processes, inﬂuences and traditions of their short ﬁction writing. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. ACMI The Cube. FREE
STRANGE TERRITORY The hidden underbelly of Cardiff, Belfast and Perth makes perfect fodder for hard-boiled crime ﬁction. Belfast noir novelist Adrian McKinty, John Williams and West Australian David Whish-Wilson discuss the questionable values of politics, police and power in the tough and gritty cities of their crime thrillers. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3301
TIDDAS One of Australia’s most proliﬁc and well-known authors of Indigenous literature Anita Heiss combines chick lit with a social conscience. Anita explores how friendships change as we get older, in her ﬁfth novel Tiddas, the Koori English word for sisters. Sat 23 Aug, 10am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4301
THE INTERESTINGS MEG WOLITZER
In her latest novel The Interestings, The New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer explores themes of marriage, friendship, wealth envy and fame. With life imitating art Wolitzer discusses the slings and arrows faced by women writing about domesticity and family.
Since the early days of Mills & Boon, romance has evolved to become one of the biggest selling genres in literature. Two exciting voices, Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow novels) and Su Dharmapala (The Wedding Season, Saree), discuss what makes a good contemporary romance novel.
Sat 23 Aug, 10am. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1301
Sat 23 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Cinema 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 3302
IN CONVERSATION ERRI DE LUCA
DELICIOUS! RUTH REICHL
Italian novelist, translator and poet Erri De Luca has published a small library of novels, poems and short stories, and been translated into more than 30 languages. De Luca will discuss his illustrious career, contemporary Italian literature and his latest novel, The Crime of a Soldier.
Internationally renowned food critic, Ruth Reichl shares her recipes for writing success – from New York Times restaurant critic to best-selling gourmet memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples, and her entrée into ﬁction with her ﬁrst novel Delicious!
Supported by the Instituto Italiano di Cultura
Sat 23 Aug, 11.30am. Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Price: $22/$19 Code: 1302
Sat 23 Aug, 11.30am. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4302
Mature themes and coarse language