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Alan  Kohler

It's Your Money: author talk at The Kirribilli Club

Hear Alan Kohler share his investing philosophy and advice on all aspects of financial planning, appraising financial plans, growing your superannuation and ethical investment. Bookings are essential: to book, email [email protected]

Date:   Tuesday 27 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: The Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavendar Bay NSW

Price:   Ticketed event

Jess Hill

Politics In The Pub With Jess Hill

Join the Australia Institute in discussion with journalist and author, Jess Hill, to discuss her new book: See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse. An investigative journalist and author, Jess Hill has specialised in reporting on domestic violence since 2014. Previously, Hill has worked for ABC Radio, as Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed in Foreign Policy's top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards.

Date:   Wednesday 28 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: ANU Union Bar

Price:   Free, bookings essential

Jess Hill

See What You Made Me Do: #MeToo: Before & Beyond

‘Look, I know not all men are like that,’ she retorted. ‘And I know that you love exploring the grey areas of life. I’m also fascinated with the grey areas. But right now it’s time for men to shut up and listen to us. And not just listen to us—defend us, stand behind us and stand beside us.’ Hannah Leser in Women, Men & The Whole Damn Thing by David Leser. 

In 2006, Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist from New York, founded the Me Too movement and began using the phrase "Me Too" to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. The phrase "Me Too" developed into a broader movement following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. The world watched in horror as the accusations began to publicly topple not only once powerful and untouchable Hollywood Moguls, but also Presidents, Bollywood actors, music producers, colleagues, bosses, spouses and ex-partners. The #MeToo domino effect has led to a global outcry for change in countries around the world. Statistics on rape, abuse and violence are no longer buried and ignored but are being plastered everywhere in newspapers, monographs and billboards so those in the dark can finally see the severity of oppression that many women and marginalised people have suffered. The result is a resounding number of voices supporting each other and echoing the same clear message that "enough is enough". Excluding, extorting, objectifying, and silencing others into submission will soon be a thing of the past which we will all look back on as barbaric and shameful...or will it? Who were we before #MeToo and where are we headed? The movement has been incredibly effective and positive but are there any negative ramifications? What did consent mean then, and what does consent mean now? Who were the perps and players in the boardrooms, the change rooms, the senates? As women continue to claim power and agency, will the men that hold power relinquish it without a fight? What might happen when we collectively stop blaming the victim and start educating our boys? On the 29th of August, UNSW Bookshop will host a panel of authors whose work contributes to the #MeToo movement by addressing these questions and unpacking what drives men to abuse, to violence and aggression. Join us for this free event with Jess Hill, investigative journalist and author of See What You Made Me Do; David Leser, Sydney based journalist and author of Women, Men & The Whole Damn Thing; Jamil Jivani, Canadian lawyer, educator and author of Why Some Men; in conversation facilitated by UNSW's Anna Hush, Director of End of Rape on Campus. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion at the end and have their books signed by the authors.

*WARNING - *Content discussed during the event may be triggering for some people. If you have experienced or currently experiencing abuse of a sexual. emotional and/or physical nature or know someone who is, there are links at the bottom of this page that will direct you to professional and discrete services that can help. https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/list-sexual-assault-services
Or call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). 

Date:   Thursday 29 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: UNSW Bookshop

Price:   This is a free event

Nicole Haddow

Smashed Avocado book launch

At thirty, journalist Nicole Haddow had an unstable income, no financial plan and only credit-card debt to her name. But less than two years later she was a homeowner. In Smashed Avocado, Nicole explains the steps she took to purchase her own home, and interviews other people who have found diverse ways to enter the property market, including rentvesting, flipping, Airbnb, tiny homes and buying regionally. Bookings essential to: [email protected] with the subject line Nicole Haddow Smashed Avocado launch. All successful bookings will receive a confirmation email.

Date:   Wednesday 4 September

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: The Avenue Richmond

Price:   This is a free event

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb in conversation

We are thrilled to be hosting the celebration of the 75th Quarterly Essay at the Melbourne Athenaeum with Annabel Crabb. As the author of the 75th QE, Crabb’s essay on politics, work and gender deploys political observation, workplace research and her characteristic humour to argue that gender equity cannot be achieved until men are as free to leave the workplace (when their lives demand it) as women are to enter it. In the last half-century, women have revolutionised the way we work and live. But men’s lives have changed remarkably little in that time. Join Crabb for a conversation in which she will ask why this is the case, and what we can do about it. Tickets are $45 per person and include a copy of Quarterly Essay 75: Annabel Crabb on Politics, Work and Gender. Bookings are essential, please click here.

Date:   Monday 9 September

Time:   6:00pm

Venue:

Price:   Tickets are $45 per person and include a copy of Quarterly Essay 75: Annabel Crabb on Politics, Work and Gender

Josephine Rowe

Here Until August Melbourne Book Launch

Here Until August: Stories is internationally acclaimed Australian author Josephine Rowe’s masterful new collection of stories. These superbly crafted tales follow the fates of characters who by choice or by force, are travelling beyond the boundaries of their known worlds. Rowe will be in conversation about her new collection with fellow writer Justine Hyde. This event is free, but please book here.

Date:   Wednesday 11 September

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings CarltonEe

Price:   This is a free event

Josephine Rowe

Here Until August: book launch

Josephine Rowe was born in 1984 in Rockhampton and raised in Melbourne. Her novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and led to her being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. Her work has appeared widely in Australia and overseas, including in McSweeney’s, Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, The Paris Review Daily and Freeman’s. The winner of the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Rowe has held fellowships with the University of Iowa, Stanford University, the Omi International Arts Center and Yaddo.

Date:   Saturday 14 September

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: The Women's Club

Josephine Rowe

Here Until August: book launch

Josephine Rowe was born in 1984 in Rockhampton and raised in Melbourne. Her novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and led to her being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. Her work has appeared widely in Australia and overseas, including in McSweeney’s, Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, The Paris Review Daily and Freeman’s. The winner of the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Rowe has held fellowships with the University of Iowa, Stanford University, the Omi International Arts Center and Yaddo.

Date:   Saturday 14 September

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: The Women's Club

Jess Hill

See What You Made Me Do in conversation

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it? Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today. Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do radically rethinks how to confront the national crisis of fear and abuse in our homes. Tickets: $15 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice)

Date:   Saturday 14 September

Time:   4:00pm

Venue: MUSE Canberra, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT

Price:   $15 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice)

Peter Drew

Poster Boy in conversation

Peter Drew's iconic "Aussie" and "Real Australians Say Welcome" posters have quickly taken on cult status. His insightful & galvanising memoir 'Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics' delves into the work and processes of one of Australia's most progressive & forthright artists. Peter will be in conversation with Jeff Sparrow.

Date:   Sunday 15 September

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown

Price:   Free or $29.99 book with ticket

Anna Krien

Act of Grace book launch

Anna Krien’s novel Act of Grace is an electrifying story of fear and sacrifice, and what people will do to outrun the shadows. We are thrilled to have Nam Le to launch this book. This event is free, no need to book.

Date:   Tuesday 1 October

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings Carlton

Price:   This is a free event

Michelle de Kretser

Writers on Writers: On Shirley Hazzard book launch

Join acclaimed writer Emily Bitto in conversation with two-time Miles Franklin Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser as they launch her new book, Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard, released on 1 October. This event will include a collection viewing of Shirley Hazzard first editions and de Kretser’s early manuscripts, and an author signing, with Readings bookstore selling copies of the book on the night. Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard is the latest instalment of Writers on Writers, a series of short books where leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and influenced them. Provocative and crisp, these books start a fresh conversation between past and present about the craft of writing. The series is a collaboration between independent publisher Black Inc, the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.

Date:   Thursday 3 October

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: State Library Victoria

Price:   This is a free event

Anna Krien

Anna Krien in Conversation

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join a Salon of emerging writers when Kristina Olsson is in-conversation with Anna Krien discussing Act of Grace, the exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games.

Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD and white-knuckling life. In the Iraq of a decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father’s dementia and the family silences that may never find voice, tests boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks to escape his father Toohey’s tyranny and heal its wounds. These characters' worlds intertwine across time and place, in a brilliant story of fear and sacrifice, trauma and survival, and what people will do to outrun the shadows. Crossing the frontiers of war, protest and cultural reconciliation, Act of Grace is a meditation on inheritance: the damage that one generation bestows upon the next, and the potential for transformation. This is a searing, powerful and utterly original work by an exceptional Australian writer. It will leave you changed.

Date:   Tuesday 15 October

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader