Join us at the Library for The B List, an exciting, new style of book club hosted by the award-winning author and avid reader, Bri Lee. Each month Bri will be in conversation with a variety of authors previously shortlisted for one of the Library’s prestigious literary awards. After the talk, you will be invited into the our historic Friends Room to continue the conversation with your fellow readers! Join authors of fiction and non-fiction, humour, history, and biography - each month Bri will bring you something new and the calibre is guaranteed to be high.
This month's B List welcomes Michelle Scott Tucker and Professor Larissa Behrendt.
After the conversation we will retire to our historic Friends Room where you will be able to buy a drink and chat further with your new book club friends!
Michelle Scott Tucker is the author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World which was shortlisted for the 2018 Ashurst Business Literature Prize.
Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World is a compelling biography of the woman who established the Australian wool industry (even though her husband received all the credit).
Michelle is a freelance writer and management consultant, having had a successful career in government, business and the arts - including a recent stint as Executive Director of the Stella Prize, Australia's pre-eminent literary prize for women writers. She has served as Vice Chair of the Writers Victoria board and currently serves on the board of the Macedon Ranges Literary Association.
Passionate about Australian literature, history and storytelling, Michelle lives in regional Victoria with her family and too many pets.
Larissa Behrendt is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. . She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio
She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.
Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa is on the board of Sydney Festival and a board member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel.
She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.
"The great delight and pain of appearing on any shortlist is knowing that your fellow shortlisted authors are so very wonderful and are all deserving of attention and accolades. ‘The B List’ is a cheeky nod to the fickle nature of awards, and a great opportunity to extend the conversations surrounding excellent books which don't always get a place on the podium. Most of all, as a die-hard lover of author talks and book clubs, I want ‘The B List’ to be a warm and regular get-together for book lovers who are happy to broaden their reading horizons outside of specific genres." - Bri Lee