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GERALDINE DOOGUE: THE
WOMEN IN POWER
If the ABC had a Hall
of Fame, Perth-born
Doogue would be a shoo-
in. In her latest book, the
host of Radio National’s
Saturday Extra lets us
eavesdrop on convos
with 14 extraordinary
and influential Australian
women. Guess it takes one
to know one. Don’t miss
this too-rare opportunity to
hear our Geraldine live and
back in the ‘hood. Date
and venue TBA.
THE LAST ILLUSION
homage to her beloved
New York City reimagines
9/11 in a narrative that
Library Journal calls
“a literary gem full
of sadness, guts and
wonder”. This whip-smart
Iranian-American writer is
a certified spellbinder –
think Scheherazade by way
of SoHo. We’re betting
her session will be one of
PWF’s hottest tickets. Date
and venue TBA.
THE GOLDEN AGE
Perth author Joan London
makes world-class success
look easy. Her first
novel, the extraordinary
Gilgamesh, was long-
listed for the Orange
Prize, and garnered rave
ranging from “awed” to
“breathless”. Her latest
novel is set in Perth during
the polio epidemic of
1954. The New York Times
calls it “shimmering” and
“quietly arresting” . Date
and venue TBA.
HUGH MACKAY: THE ART
Other social researchers
generate data; Hugh
Mackay generates insight,
and he’s been doing
so for decades, in an
career as a social critic,
visionary and storyteller.
Mackay’s latest work
looks at the importance of
face-to-face connection –
remember that? – to live
more meaningful and joyous
lives. Date and venue TBA.
FESTIVAL FAMILY DAY
Check out live interactive
performances from beloved
writers including perennial
festival favourite Andy
Griffiths – or join in painting
a mural with Kyle Hughes-
Odgers. If you’re a kid at
heart, so much the better.
Oak Lawn, UWA, Feb 22.
1. The Style Makers
Reports of the magazine’s ‘death’ have been greatly
exaggerated. (Hello? What are you reading right now?)
In fact, the platform that was supposed to have
been slain by the internet is undergoing a bona fide
renaissance, so it’s fitting that PWF’s special event
showcases the glossier-than-thou magic that is
a beautifully designed mag. The Style Makers gets
under the covers with masterminds of the medium,
including the founders of post-digital publications like
Kinfolk, Uppercase, Frankie and Dumbo Feather. Hard-
copy magazines are the vinyls of the periodical world,
so wheel out your fixie, strap on the Polaroid and get
down there already. Octagon Theatre, Feb 21.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity
If the title Eat, Pray, Love means nothing to you,
maybe you should go back to playing Candy Crush
now. The memoir by US adventure-seeker Elizabeth
Gilbert redefined ‘blockbuster’ when it was published
in 2006. To date, it has sold more than 10 million
copies – that’s one book for every 2.3 Australians.
Gilbert’s live appearance at PWF is a bit of a coup
– when it comes to brand recognition, she’s pretty
much the Apple Mac of the publishing world. Gilbert
will discuss creativity, among other things, including
the kind of writers’ block only she (and possibly JK
Rowling) could ever truly understand: the type that
comes after an intergalactic smash hit that you can
never really top. Perth Concert Hall, Feb 21.
3. Hilary Mantel in Conversation
Q: How many authors have dreamed of winning
back-to-back Booker Prizes, and how many have
actually done so? A: Every writer, and only one: the
astonishing Hilary Mantel. The author of genre-
busting historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up
the Bodies will be making history herself when she
is beamed into the Perth Concert Hall from her
London home for a real-time conversation with Radio
National’s Michael Cathcart. Her towering literary
stature – she’s been touted for a third Booker for the
final volume in her Tudor-period trilogy – will lend
some serious star power to the festival. If Mantel
can’t bring up the bodies to PWF, nobody can.
Perth Concert Hall, Feb 21.
4. Bryan Stevenson:
Why were we not surprised to learn that Atticus
Finch, the quiet crusader in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill
a Mockingbird, is the fictional hero of Bryan Stevenson?
Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson
received a coveted MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius
Grant’, in addition to a swag of international awards
honouring his work as a defender of those in need.
Check out his TED talks online for a sneak preview of
the courageous stories you can expect to hear (and be
inspired by). But there ain’t nothing like the real thing,
baby. As Atticus says, “You never really know a man
until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”.
Still, a live interactive performance comes a pretty close
second. Octagon Theatre, Feb 22.
PWF Family Day.
PWF Family Day.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/books
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