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Brothers and Sisters
Code: 58  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Fiction
Thursday, May 17 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Michael Sala, Tanveer Ahmed, Jesmyn Ward, Charlotte Wood (facilitator)
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We love them, we can’t stand them, but there’s no getting away from them, in life or in literature, fiction or non-fiction. Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones deals tenderly with siblings under duress, while Michael Sala’s debut novel The Last Thread is a semi-autobiographical tale of a boy’s relationship with an older brother. They talk to Charlotte Wood, editor of an anthology on the subject.

Change from printed program: Tanveer Ahmed has commitments overseas that have been extended. He is unable to join this event.

Michael Sala (Australian)

Michael Sala was born in the Netherlands in 1975 and moved to Australia in the 1980s. He now lives in Newcastle with his wife and children. The Last Thread, a novel based on real events, is Michael’s widely anticipated first book; he has excited industry insiders with a shortlisting for the prestigious The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, his three-time selection for The Best Australian Stories and publication in Charlotte Wood’s Brothers & Sisters anthology.

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Jesmyn Ward (International)

Jesmyn Ward grew up in Mississippi and received her MFA from the University of Michigan. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient and a finalist for both the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Most recently she released the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction winner, Salvage the Bones.

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Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood's first novel, Pieces of a Girl, was published in 1999 and won the 1998 Jim Hamilton Award for an unpublished manuscript. Both this and her second novel, The Submerged Cathedral, were highly praised by reviewers and award judges; the latter was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and Pacific. Her third novel, The Children, received rave reviews and was a bestseller, selling over 10,000 copies in trade paperback. Charlotte lives in Sydney.

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