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An Evening with Hanya Yanagihara


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WHEN / Mon 23 May, 6.30–7.30pm
WHERE / The Capitol
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 writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law 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.

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law, Gaysia, Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101 and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia. He created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law and wrote the sold-out MTC play Torch the Place. He co-hosts ABC RN’s Stop Everything! and interviews public figures for Good Weekend.


Image: Jenny Westerhoff