In conversation with Geraldine Brooks

Award-winning author Geraldine Brooks will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Geraldine's new novel Horse. From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March and People of the Book comes a vivid and unique new novel for lovers of sweeping historical fiction and books about iconic racehorses like Seabiscuit and Secretariat.

With the moral complexity of March and a multi-stranded narrative reminiscent of People of the Book, this enthralling novel is a gripping reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America. Horse is the latest masterpiece from a writer with a prodigious talent for bringing the past to life.

Brooks' deep empathy as a novelist and her ability to make the past feel as tangible as yesterday make Horse more than the story of a remarkable thoroughbred-with its richly rendered characters and seamless interweaving of past and present, it adroitly captures America's ongoing struggle with racial injustice and the complex relationships between humans and animals. Books and Publishing.

'Bring[s] to light the way that race and power are encoded into everyday interactions ... a deeply compassionate novel' Weekend Australian.

Author and journalist, Geraldine Brooks AO was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her novels Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book and The Secret Chord were New York Times bestsellers, and Year of Wonders is an international bestseller, translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the author of the acclaimed non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. In 2011 she presented Australia's prestigious Boyer Lectures, later published as The Idea of Home.

Alex Sloan AM, the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year, is a regular conversationalist for ANU Meet the Author events. Alex is a Director and Deputy Chair of Australia's progressive think-tank, The Australia Institute, Director of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Director and Deputy Chair of the ACT Writers Centre

Award-winning, international best-selling Canberra author and veterinarian, Karen Viggers will give the vote of thanks.

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event. Please note that a bar service will be available from 5.15pm.

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