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An Afternoon with Hanya Yanagihara


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WHEN / Sun 22 May, 3.00–4.00pm
WHERE / The Capitol, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne
TICKETS / Full $35, Concession $30, Under 30s $30

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Hanya Yanagihara became a publishing sensation after the release of the epic, Booker-nominated A Little Life, famously written outside of her day job as a magazine editor in New York. Her latest literary feat, To Paradise, is as bold and sweeping as its predecessor, charting the elusive promise of utopia across three alternate visions of the American experiment.

In this special out-of-season event, Yanagihara sits down with author Bri Lee to share the impetus behind her sprawling and exquisite new book, how the themes of family, love and loss inform her fiction, and how she balances her demanding post as editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine with her life as a novelist.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear directly from Yanagihara herself about her creative obsessions, anxieties, and making art in turbulent times.

Buy your copy of To Paradise from the Festival’s official bookseller, Readings Books.


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Hanya Yanagihara is the author of the internationally bestselling A Little Life. She lives in New York City.

Bri Lee is the best-selling and award-winning author of Eggshell Skull (2018), Beauty (2019), and most recently Who Gets to be Smart (2021). She is also a writer of investigative journalism, opinion, short fiction, essays, and arts criticism.


Image: Jenny Westerhoff