Mon, 05 Aug | The Vanguard Newtown

Peter Polites - The Pillars - Book Launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of The Pillars, the extraordinary new novel by Peter Polites, one of Australia's most exciting contemporary voices. A novel of dark desires and moral gray areas, it's so good we made it our August Book of the Month! To be launched by Professor Vrasidas Karalis.
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Peter Polites - The Pillars - Book Launch

Time & Location

05 Aug 2019, 6:30 pm
The Vanguard Newtown, 42 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Join us for a special night celebrating the launch of The Pillars, the extraordinary new novel by Peter Polites, one of Australia's most exciting contemporary voices. A novel of dark desires and moral gray areas, it's so good we just had to make our August Book of the Month! 

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To be officially launched by Professor Vrasidas Karalis, with a little help from Peter & Robert Watkins, followed by a speech by Peter Polites. 

About The Book

The Pillars is the thrilling new novel from Peter Polites, the author of critically acclaimed Down the Hume

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Don't  worry about the housing bubble, she would say. Don't worry about the  fact that you will never be able to afford a home. Worry about the day after. That's when they will all come, with their black shirts and bayonets, and then you will see the drowned bodies and slit necks. And I would stand there and say, But Mum, why are you telling me this when I'm ten years old.

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Working as a writer hasn't granted Pano the financial success he once imagined, but lobbying against a mosque being built across the road from his home (and the occasional meth-fuelled orgy) helps to pass the time. He's also found himself a gig ghostwriting for a wealthy property developer. The pay cheque alone is enough for him to turn a blind eye to some dodgy dealings - at least for the time being.

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In a world full of flashy consumerism and aspiration, can Pano really escape his lot in life? And does he really want to?

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A novel of dark desires and moral gray areas, The Pillars is an extraordinary new novel from one of Australia's most exciting contemporary voices.

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Praise for Peter Polites

'Down the Hume's propulsive rhythm feels like entering a  strong current. Its fast pace and escalating plot are typical of the  noir genre, but it is also filled with unexpected and precise turns of  phrase, which can shift quickly from the menial to the lyrical.' - The Guardian

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'Down the Hume should rightly take its place alongside the fiction of Christos Tsiolkas [and] Maxine Beneba Clarke... as work that  reflects the reality and occasional ugliness of Australia's  multiculturalism.' - Australian Book Review

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About The Author

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney.  As part of the SWEATSHOP writers collective, Peter has written and performed pieces all over Australia. His acclaimed first novel, Down the Hume, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2017. The Pillars is his second novel.

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A Note on the Venue

This event will be held in The Vanguard, which is a strictly adults only venue. 

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