Festival Program


Local Libraries: Sonia Orchard

Tue 3 Sep, 6.30pm
Hawthorn Arts Centre

Bestselling author Sonia Orchard discusses her latest book, Into the Fire. Spanning a period of 15 years, the novel looks at womanhood and the dynamics of female friendship, and explores themes of loss, guilt and changes in values. With Tali Lavi.


1 hour


Session Artists

Tali Lavi is a writer and reviewer (Australian Book Review, Magpies, Sydney Review of Books) and is Melbourne Jewish Book Week's program manager. She has interviewed writers for Melbourne Writers Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Melbourne Jewish Book Week and Sydney Jewish Writers Festival. Tali holds a MA in Creative Writing from RMIT University.

Sonia Orchard is the author of the bestselling memoir Something More Wonderful and the award-winning novel The Virtuoso. In 2019 she published her third book, Into the Fire, a very Melbourne novel that explores power, guilt, womanhood and contemporary feminism.

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