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Tue, 23 July

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Better Read Than Dead

Jessie Tu in-conversation with Kavita Bedford

Join us with Jessie Tu to celebrate the release of The Honeyeater! Jessie will be joined by Kavita Bedford.

Jessie Tu in-conversation with Kavita Bedford
Jessie Tu in-conversation with Kavita Bedford

Time & Location

23 July 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

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About The Event

Young academic and emerging translator Fay takes her mother on a package tour holiday to France to celebrate her birthday. It's a chance for the two of them to take a break from work and have a little fun, but they both find it hard to relax. Her mother seems reluctant to leave their room in the evening, and Fay is working on a difficult translation. On their last night in France, Fay receives the shattering news that her former lover has suddenly died.

Back in Sydney, Fay seeks solace from her mentor, Professor Samantha Egan-Smith, who offers her a spot at a prestigious translation conference in Taipei. But can she trust her? Does the Professor know more than she is admitting, or is Fay being paranoid? When a shocking allegation is made, Fay chooses to keep it secret. Is she protecting the Professor or exercising power over her?

Fay arrives at the conference in Taipei. Career opportunities abound, but it's ghost month in Taiwan. Her mother had begged her not to go at that time, warning that she would be susceptible to dangers and threats. And there is almost nothing a mother won't do to protect her child.

Our event space is wheelchair accessible via a stair lift. For any other accessibility questions, please email events@betterread.com.au.

Jessie Tu is a book critic at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and a journalist for Women's Agenda. Her debut novel, A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, won the ABIA for 2020 Literary Fiction Book of the Year. The Honeyeater is her second novel.

Kavita Bedford is an Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology and literature. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, the Guardian and Griffith Review, and she was a recent Churchill Fellow exploring migrant narratives. She works and teaches in Sydney in media and global studies. Her debut novel is Friends and Dark Shapes (Text Publishing, 2021).

Tickets

  • Event Ticket

    $5.00
  • Event + Book

    Includes a ticket and copy of Body of Lies

    $38.00

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