Eat, Drink and be Literary with Jennifer Egan and Sarah Kanowski


Join Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist Jennifer Egan in conversation with Sarah Kanowski, to be recorded live by the ABC.  

Jennifer Egan is a remarkable writer.  Her latest novel, Manhattan Beach has been globally acclaimed and is the 2018 winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.  Manhattan Beach, Egan's first historical novel, is an insightful, complex, and compulsive saga, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.  It follows the lives of an Irish family in Brooklyn during the Great Depression and then World War II, focussing on the life of a young woman called Anna, the first female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Station.  

"Anna's plight as a woman whose will is larger than her circumstances is dramatised with tremendous power. Its resonances continue to wash over the reader long after the novel ends". UK Guardian.

Manhattan Beach follows Egan's 2010 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the US National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Inspired by Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and The Sopranos, the judges praised it as "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age".

Sarah Kanowski hosts ABC Radio's Conversations on Thursdays and Fridays, having previously co-presented ABC RN's daily culture program, Books and Arts. After an undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, Sarah was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where she completed a Masters of Philosophy in English Studies. Sarah then spent a year in South America before heading to Hobart to edit the literary magazine Island. She now lives in Brisbane with her husband and three young children.

Pre-dinner book signings will take place from 6.15pm in the Common Room of University House and then again after the event. This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase on the night. 

Dinner starts at 7pm. Tickets are $75 per person and includes a two-course meal, wine, tea and coffee.

If you would like to be seated with other guests, please specify this during the check-out process. We will do our best to accommodate your request.