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John Safran: Puff Piece

Sat 4 Sep, 8pm
Athenaeum Theatre

Having investigated a Murder in Mississippi and gotten lost among radicals for Depends What You Mean by Extremist, John Safran launches his signature style of gonzo journalism on Big Tobacco for his impressively subtitled new book Puff Piece: How Philip Morris set vaping alight (and burned down the English language). In conversation with Mahmood Fazal, the inimitable writer and filmmaker relates his wild, hilarious and thoughtful investigation into the rise of vaping and why marketing spin and branding can literally be matters of life and death.

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1 hour

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Mahmood Fazal is an Afghan-Australian writer. After abandoning his role as the sergeant-at-arms of an outlaw motorcycle club, Mahmood has been devoted to reporting that challenges our views on crime and violence. In 2020, his audiobook No Gangsters In Paradise was awarded the Media Diversity Award by the Walkley Foundation.

John Safran is a writer and filmmaker who always gets in too deep for his own good. His debut book Murder in Mississippi won the Ned Kelly Award for True Crime. His follow-up, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards. Puff Piece is his latest book.

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