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Maggie Nelson: On Freedom

American author Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts) talks about her new book with Melbourne writer Rebecca Harkins-Cross.

Event Information

WHEN / Sat 11 Sep, 1–2pm
VENUE / Live cross to The Capitol
TICKETS / $35/$30

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Maggie Nelson’s wonderfully unclassifiable The Argonauts confirmed her status as one of the most intellectually fascinating writers of our time. Exploring love, motherhood, and queer family-making, she blended memoir, humour and literary analysis into a bestselling examination of personal liberty. Her eagerly welcomed follow-up, On Freedom, carries the theme further, exploring the concept of freedom in four distinct spheres: art, sex, drugs and climate. The author of nine other poetry and prose works, Nelson is one of the most influential writers working today.

Appearing live via video from Los Angeles, she sheds light on an invigorating and essential book for challenging times, in conversation with on-stage interviewer Rebecca Harkins-Cross.

Order your copy of On Freedom from the Festival’s official bookseller, Readings Books.

This is an in-person event at The Capitol. 


Maggie Nelson is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorisation. Her nonfiction titles include the upcoming On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint; the National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Argonauts; and Bluets, named by Bookforum as one of the top ten best books of the past 20 years. She is a Professor of English at University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based writer and cultural critic. She is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University and will be a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University’s Writing Program in 2022. Her first book, The Headless Woman, is out with Fireflies Press in 2023.

Image: Tom Atwood