Festival Program

Highlight Event

Patrick deWitt: On Self-Immolation

Sat 7 Sep, 4pm
RMIT Storey Hall

Revered Canadian novelist Patrick deWitt‘s latest book, French Exit, has been described as a ‘tragedy of manners – telling the tale of a dysfunctional mother-son duo who flee to Paris, swathed in fabulous eccentricities’. DeWitt sits down with Michael Williams to discuss the art of creative disappearance and where he draws on the magic that permeates his wildly diverse body of work.


1 hour

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Michael Williams is the director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the head of programming before being appointed as director in 2011.

Patrick deWitt was born in 1975 in British Columbia, Canada. He has also lived in California and Washington. Currently he lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of four novels: Ablutions, The Sisters Brothers, Undermajordomo Minor, and French Exit.

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