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Arnold Zable in Conversation

Fri 10 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

A writer, novelist and human rights advocate, Arnold Zable was awarded the 2021 Australia Council Lifetime Achievement in Literature for a celebrated canon of work that spans three decades. He appears in conversation with Michael McGirr to share his unique understanding of history, memory, displacement and community, captured in books such as his multi-award–winning memoir Jewels and Ashes, which documented the search for his roots as a second-generation Holocaust survivor, and most recently The Watermill, which ‘elevates history into near mythical tales of wonder’ (The Australian).


1 hour

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Michael McGirr is a well-known essayist, reviewer and writer of short fiction. His most recent book is Books That Saved My Life (Text Publishing). Ideas to Save Your Life and a re-release of Bypass: The Story of a Road will be published by Text in November. He works in international aid and development.

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist, human rights activist, and recipient of the 2021 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. His books include Jewels and Ashes, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, Violin Lessons, The Fig Tree, The Fighter, and most recently, The Watermill.

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