Archive Festival 2016
Program by Writer: Surnames J...

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

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Meredith Jaffé (Australian)

Meredith Jaffé is a freelance writer and regular book critic for The Guardian Australia. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column ‘The Bookshelf’ for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla; sharing literary news, reviewing books and interviewing writers. Meredith has chaired panels, presented workshops and interviewed fellow writers for various literary events and writers’ festivals. As a keen believer in the power of literacy, Meredith volunteers at The Footpath Library as the Ambassador Program Coordinator and manages their annual EPIC! writing competition for school children. Her first novel, The Fence, will be published by Pan Macmillan in September 2016.

 
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Linda Jaivin (Australian)

Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels, the China memoir The Monkey and the Dragon and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. Her first book, the comic erotic Eat Me was an international bestseller. She is also a prolific essayist, cultural commentator and a literary translator from Chinese, specialising in film subtitling. Her most recent books are the travel companion Beijing, and the critically acclaimed novel The Empress Lover. She lives in Sydney.

 
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Marlon James (International)

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

 
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Emma Jane (Australian)

Emma A. Jane (previously known as Emma Tom) is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She is currently running a three-year DECRA project into the impact of gendered cyberhate called ‘Cyberhate: the new digital divide?’. Prior to commencing her academic career, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, electronic, and online media. She has written seven books including a novel, Deadset, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia and the South Pacific for Best First Novel in 1997. Her seventh book – Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid, co-authored with Chris Fleming, was published by Bloomsbury in August, 2014. Her eighth book, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice, co-authored with Chris Barker, is currently in production with Sage. Emma is also working on a new book about online misogyny for Sage which will be published later in 2016.

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Susan Johnson (Australian)

Susan Johnson was shortlisted for the 1991 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for her novel Flying Lessons, shortlisted for the 1994 National Book Council’s Banjo Award for the novel A Big Life and shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2000 for her memoir A Better Woman. Her other books include Hungry Ghosts, Messages from Chaos, The Broken Book and Life in Seven Mistakes. Her most recent book is The Landing.

 
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Lou Johnson (Australian)

Lou Johnson is the co-Founder of The Author People, which launched in 2015 and is pioneering a new approach to publishing, dedicated to ‘Bringing Authors and People Together’. Lou’s extensive book publishing experience includes senior roles at Random House, Allen & Unwin and Simon & Schuster, where she was Managing Director 2010 – 2014. She also served as Vice-President of the Australian Publishers Association from 2012 – 2014 and was a member of the Book Industry Collaborative Council in 2013. She is currently on the board of The Stella Prize.

 
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Jenna Johnson (International)

Jenna Johnson is the executive editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in New York. In this role, Jenna concentrates on literary, international, historical, and upmarket commercial fiction. She also publishes memoir, poetry, and narrative non-fiction, with particular interest in food, cultural history, religion, animal stories, music, and biography. Among her award-winning titles are National Book Award 5 Under 35 winner Angela Flournoy’s National Book Award Finalist The Turner House, Booker finalist Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, James Beard Winner Save the Deli by David Sax, National Jewish Book Award Winner The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert, and Man Asian Prize Winner Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu.

 
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Elizabeth Johnstone (Australian)

Elizabeth Johnstone is a company director and Senior Consultant to DLA Piper lawyers. Previously she was a corporate legal partner specialising in company law and governance. Currently she is the Chairman of KinCare and serves on the boards of the ASX Compliance, Macquarie University Hospital, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South East Section) where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously she served on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. For 10 years she served as a member of the Australian Press Council and in a previous life she taught literature and communications studies at tertiary level.

 
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Jol Temple and Kate Burt (Australian)

Kate and Jol are the authors of Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade, an illustrated junior fiction series about a boy who set on being a famous explorer – one disaster at a time. Kate and Jol have written five children’s books including, Parrot Carrot, I Got This Hat and Mike I Don’t Like. These books they have found themselves on the NSW Premier’s Reading Lists, a number of award shortlists and Mike was even awarded ‘Best Designed Children’s Book’ in Australia by the Australian Publishers’ Association. I Got This Hat was recently announced as the National Simultaneous Storytime Book for 2016. Kate and Jol live in Rozelle with their two sons and a dog that thinks it's a racoon. 

 
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Gail Jones (Australian)

Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams Of Speaking, Sorry and Five Bells. Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the Age Book of the Year Award, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction, the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award and the ASAL Gold Medal. Her most recent novel is A Guide to Berlin.

 
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Leisel Jones (Australian)

Born in Katherine, NT, Leisel Jones burst onto the swimming scene at 14, winning silver at the Sydney Olympic Games. Leisel and her mum were left bankrupt after her father left, and as a teenager Leisel was the main breadwinner for the household. Leisel jointly holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by any Australian, as well as winning seven world championships. Regarded as the world's greatest female breaststroker, Leisel retired from swimming in 2012. She was a commentator for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and recently appeared on the Australian I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here. In 2015, Lesiel’s autobiography Body Lengths was published by Nero books, to commercial and critical success.

 
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Debra Jopson (Australian)

Born in Sydney, Debra Jopson spent part of her childhood in Beirut and continued to visit her family there during the first rounds of the 1970s Lebanese civil war. She won a Walkley award and numerous Human Rights Commission honours at The Sydney Morning Herald, where she specialised in Aboriginal affairs and major investigations. Over the past three years she has devoted herself to writing fiction and long-form journalism, contributing to The Global Mail, The Saturday Paper, Good Weekend, ABCTV's Four Corners and SBS. In 2014, she became the Walkley Awards Freelance Journalist of the Year.

 
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Toni Jordan (Australian)

Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international best-seller Addition (2008) was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016).

 
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Jane Jose (Australian)

Jane Jose is an urbanist who has worked in the world of planners and architects. She was elected as an independent Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide in 1991. Jose graduated from the University of Adelaide and joined the ABC as a news journalist. In 1996 she joined national architecture and design firm, HASSELL working in community engagement to inform the shape of urban places. Since then she has written urban policy documents including the village plans for the City of Sydney. In 2014 she was appointed as CEO of Sydney Community Foundation, an independent not for profit foundation, running the Sydney Women’s Fund.

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Mireille Juchau (Australian)

Mireille Juchau is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her third novel, The World Without Us, won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Burning In (2007), was shortlisted for four awards including the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was published in France and Croatia. Mireille has written an international award-winning play and was longlisted in the 2015 international Notting Hill Essay Prize. Her short fiction, and literature and art criticism are widely published.