Author Talks

Inspiring, insightful and entertaining highlights from the Library's program of author talks

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Sally Young: Media Monsters

Sally Young discusses her newly released book, Media Monsters: The Transformation of Australia’s Newspaper Empires, with Melanie Kembrey.

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The Chase with Candice Fox

Candice Fox talks about her crime thriller The Chase in conversation with literary critic Nicole Abadee, from the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival.

Leaping into waterfalls

Leaping into Waterfalls

Join author Bernadette Brennan in conversation with Susan Wyndham as they celebrate Bernadette’s latest release, Leaping into Waterfalls.

Fiona Wright and Suneeta Peres da Costa

Sydney Review of Books: Writing under lockdown

In this conversation, Suneeta Peres da Costa and Fiona Wright talk with publisher Ivor Indyk about the essays, The Ten Thousand Things and On Being a Precedent, and about writing essays, novels and poems during a health crisis.

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Gods and Demons

Deborah Cassrels talks about her book Gods and Demons in conversation with Roger Maynard.

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Rising Heart

Aminata Conteh-Biger talks about her autobiography Rising Heart in conversation with literary critic Nicole Abadee.

Care: The radical art of taking time

Author Brooke McAlary appears in conversation with Alexx Stuart to discuss her latest release Care: The radical art of taking time

Summertime: Reflections on a vanishing future

Danielle Celemajer discusses her new book, Summertime: Reflections on a vanishing Future, a collection of stories written in the shadow of the 2019-20 Australian bushfires.

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The Running Book

In the lead up to St Patrick’s Day, one of Ireland’s favourite authors, John Connell, appears in conversation with Daniel Browning.

Law in War

Catherine Bond and Elise Edmonds consider the impact of the law on Australians during the First World War.  

Discussing 'Kim Jiyoung: Born 1982'

Discussing 'Kim Jiyoung: Born 1982'

Join Senior Dr Jane Park and Michaela Kalowski, as they discuss the issues and ideas around gender, culture and common experience explored in Cho Nam-Joo's best selling novel. 

My Year of Living Vulnerably

My Year of Living Vulnerably

Rick Morton talks about his latest release, My Year of Living Vulnerably

Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant

In his latest book, Breaker Morant, Peter Fitzsimons unravels the many myths and fictions that surround the life of Harry Morant. 

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How to Win an Election

The 2019 Australian election produced a surprise result showing, not for the first time, that every election is there for the winning — including the next one.



Join author Katerina Bryant as she discusses the stories of these silenced women and how, through her research, she found her own voice.

Kate Grenville

Event recording: A Room Made of Leaves

In partnership with Sydney Writers' Festival.

Internationally bestselling author and Orange Prize winner, Kate Grenville, discusses her latest imaginative response to history, A Room Made of Leaves.

Cover of Honeybee by Craig Silvey


Join Craig Silvey, award-winning author of Jasper Jones, as he talks about his highly anticipated new novel, Honeybee with Hamish Macdonald.

Ways of Knowing

Please join us for a fascinating online discussion, as Darug women Leanne Watson, Erin Wilkins and Jasmine Seymour talk with historian Grace Karskens about the many ways we learn about the past and present.

Good Dog

Kate Leaver’s new book, Good Dog, draws personal interviews, as well as on science and research.

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Tiberius with a Telephone

Award-winning author Patrick Mullins joins us for a special online edition of Going Places — Authors on Tour.

Jess Scully, Glimpses of Utopia

Glimpses of Utopia

Join Jess Scully and Benjamin Law as they discuss how we can work together to reimagine the way we live, work and play.