Helen Lewis was just a child when she found an old suitcase hidden in a cupboard at home. Inside it were the most horrifying photographs she’d ever seen—a record of the atrocities committed at Bergen-Belsen. They belonged to her father, Mike, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who had filmed the camp’s liberation…
Sex worker, fashion designer, anti-censorship activist, fierce campaigner, political lobbyist and Member of Parliament - Fiona Patten's journey to the top has been nothing if not eventful. Meet Fiona to discuss her book, Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll, in conversation with Michael Moore.
From divorce and over-burdened court systems, parenting children with a disability, to the big business of mummy-dom, to shifting ideas about fathers, to the increasing numbers of women who choose not to have children, Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, opens up a space where the taboo and unspoken can be voiced, and makes room for those marginalised by regular conversations around mothers and motherhood. Meet the editors of Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson, for an exclusive Canberra event.
Dinner with the Dissidents is a brilliant literary spy thriller, which reimagines actual events surrounding Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the KGB’s extraordinary attempts to silence him. Set between 1970s Moscow and contemporary Canberra, this novel pulsates with intrigue and draws startling parallels between political machinations in the old Soviet Union and the West today.
Join dynamic author/illustrator duo Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, creators of beloved books such as Banjo and Ruby Red, Look, A book!, and the Cleo stories, to find out just how they make their beautiful books.
Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she’d finally found it. And then it all fell apart. SOLD OUT
Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off: why country Australia is fed up, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. Why are we so fed up with politics? Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins? Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government?
Protests, letter-writing, campaigns, hacktivism - activism to bring about social, and by default, political change, comes in many different forms. Join us as Siv Parker, Biff Ward and Jacob White, three campaigners for change, gather to discuss what activism means to them.
No Country Woman is a memoir about never knowing where you belong. It's about living in a multicultural society with a monocultural focus, but living with a determination to be heard. Join us for the launch of No Country Woman, the debut book from Canberra author Zoya Patel. SOLD OUT
The Motherhood is a collection of letters from some of Australia’s favourite women, sharing what they wish they’d known about life with a newborn. Coming from writers with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, no two stories are alike – but all are generous, compassionate and deeply honest. Join author and editor Jamila Rizvi for the ultimate mothers group - with excellent morning tea, banter and babes.
From 1300s London to 1940s Sydney, Robyn Cadwallader and Eleanor Limprecht have written striking novels exploring the role of women in these significant, turbulent historical periods. Join Robyn and Eleanor in conversation with Angharad Lodwick (Tinted Edges) about the chances and choices we take in life and we we can learn from historical fiction.
Inspired by the masters of suspense, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Don Aitkin's latest novel The Innings Biography brings together money, mystery and family in an explosive combination. Join us for drinks and nibbles at Muse as journalist and author Chris Uhlmann (Channel 9) launches The Innings Biography.
After a lifetime spent actively searching for happiness as well as studying it, communications executive and yogi Lisa Portolan shares valuable insights into how we made happiness a science and an industry, created products around it and supported it with a whole heap of advertising to ensure that works, but is ‘brand me’ just a recipe for unhappiness? SOLD OUT
When it comes to our ecological, social, cultural and economic future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Meet Hugh for the Canberra launch of this, his nineteenth book, and see if his optimism rubs off on you! SOLD OUT
In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice’ other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe. Written with clear-eyed compassion and a compelling narrative drive, Waiting for Elijah is an account of a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.
Eggshell skull is a legal doctrine that a defendant must ‘take their victim as they find them.’ If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim’s weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge’s associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case. This is the story of Bri’s journey through the Australian legal system.
For the young James Jeffrey, now parliamentary sketch writer for The Australian, the day his parents split was like the splitting of the atom. Life took on a seismic instability filled with madness and strain and vendetta and daftness and acts of love, both beautiful and misguided.
It won’t be Christmas in May, but the Turnbull government will be hoping their offerings are seen as presents under the tree by the Australian public when they hand down the budget on May 8. Join our panel of experts, including ex-Finance Secretary Jane Halton, ABC Federal political reporter Sabra Lane, and Fairfax’s Bevan Shields, to help us sort the trash from the treasure this budget 2018.
The author of seven novels and two collections of stories, Gail Jones is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her mesmerising new novel The Death of Noah Glass tells a story about parents and children, and explores the overlapping patterns that life makes.
For the third year in a row we’re delighted to partner with the Canberra International Music Festival to present the CIMF Festival @ Muse! Join Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Ned McGowan (flutes - yes, plural) for a late night recital featuring two of the festival’s most avant-garde performers.
Set between the sugar cane fields of northern Queensland, a native Australian wildflower farm and a celestial crater in the central Australian desert, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a love letter to the Australian landscape that reminds us of the innate connection between self-identity and home. Meet debut novelist and publishing sensation Holly Ringland in conversation with Robyn Cadwallader.
Out There: A survival guide for dating in midlife is the essential book for any woman jumping on the rollercoaster of midlife dating. Kerri may not be able to find you the man of your dreams, but she will help you survive the ride with your dignity and sanity intact. SOLD OUT