Festival Program

Highlight Event

Bodies for Sale

Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am
The Capitol

Mexican author Emiliano Monge and American-Filipino novelist Joanne Ramos both explore the concept of human trafficking and the body as a commodity. While Monge’s Among the Lost interrogates the terror and despair of the migrant border experience, Ramos’ The Farm explores the ‘fertility economy’ and the story of a young Filipino immigrant who agrees to rent out her womb. These esteemed authors explore the politics of the body. With Chandani Lokuge.

Emiliano Monge is supported by the Embassy of Mexico in Australia and the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID)


1 hour

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Session Artists

Internationally acclaimed novelist and scholar, Chandani Lokuge’s 16 books include three novels and collection of short stories. Her next novel is forthcoming in October 2019. Currently Associate Professor at Monash University, she has held several international professorial appointments in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. 

Emiliano Monge is a multi-award-winning Mexican novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and reporter. In 2011, the Guadalajara International Book Fair FIL chose him as one of the top 25 best-kept secrets in contemporary Latin American literature, and more recently he was selected for Me´xico20, a list of twenty important young Mexican authors chosen by The British Council, FIL, Hay Festival, and Conaculta.

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She is a graduate of Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity, she wrote on staff for The Economist. She serves on the board of The Moth and lives in New York City.

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