Sun, 13 June | Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead

Alice Pung and Benjamin Law

'One Hundred Days' is a magnificent new work from one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Join us in-store with Benjamin Law in-conversation with Alice Pung on zoom to discuss her latest novel.
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Alice Pung and Benjamin Law

Time & Location

13 June, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Due to the latest Covid outbreak in Melbourne, Alice unfortunately cannot travel to Sydney. We will however still have Benjamin in-store with Alice on zoom.

I have attached the link below for those who prefer to attend via zoom.

Better Read is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81310101280?pwd=UlZ0dFJ6ZEdxMXQ2TWg5eGdFekpOdz09

Meeting ID: 813 1010 1280 Passcode: 931585

One Hundred Days is a fractured fairytale exploring the fault lines between love and control. At times tense and claustrophobic, it is nevertheless brimming with humour, warmth and character. It is a magnificent new work from one of Australia’s most celebrated writers.

‘Alice is one of Australia’s most original and skilful storytellers, and this book grips from the beginning.’ —Chris Feik, Publisher

Join us as Alice discusses One Hundred Days with Benjamin Law. 

This is a free event however RSVP is essential as numbers are limited.

About the Book

One hundred days. It’s no time at all, she tells me. But she’s not the one waiting.                  

In a heady whirlwind of independence, lust and defiance, sixteen-year-old Karuna falls pregnant. Not on purpose, but not entirely by accident, either. Incensed, Karuna’s mother, already over-protective, confines her to their fourteenth-storey housing-commission flat, to keep her safe from the outside world – and make sure she can’t get into any more trouble.

Stuck inside for endless hours, Karuna battles her mother and herself for a sense of power in her own life, as a new life forms and grows within her. As the due date draws ever closer, the question of who will get to raise the baby – who it will call Mum – festers between them. 

About the Author

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. One Hundred Days is her most recent novel.

About the Moderator

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. The Family Law is an award-winning TV series for SBS that Benjamin created and co-wrote over three seasons. His debut stage play, Torch the Place, premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2020

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