Slow Reads

Stories from Afar

Stories from Afar Sat 22 Feb 3.45pm Tropical Grove Sat 22 Feb 3.45pm Tropical Grove FREE
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Sat 22 Feb 3.45pm at Tropical Grove FREE

Bangladeshi-Canadian novelist Arif Anwar and American writers Julia Phillips and Tommy Orange along with local writer Mohammed Massoud Morsi read from their work.

Arif Anwar was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, just miles from the Bay of Bengal. He has previously worked for BRAC, one of the world’s largest non-government organisations, on issues of poverty alleviation, and for UNICEF Myanmar on public health issues. He has a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto and he lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Si (Sandra) Lian.

Julia Phillips lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, Disappearing Earth, will be published by Knopf in the US and Scribner in the UK, as well as publishers in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and China. Her Pushcart-nominated fiction appears in literary journals including Glimmer Train and The Antioch Review. Her nonfiction appears in such publications as The Atlantic, Slate, and BuzzFeed News, and was named notable in Best American Travel Writing. She spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, where Disappearing Earth is set.

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland, California and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

His first novel, There There, was published by Alfred A Knopf in June 2018 and rights have been sold in Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and Sweden. It was an instant New York Times bestseller and is under option to HBO as a TV series.

There There won the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the 2019 American Book Award. It was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2019 and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. It also won the John Leonard Award for Best First Book, the Anisfield-Wolf Fiction Prize 2019, and the Indie Choice Award for Best Adult Debut. There There was longlisted for the National Book Award 2018 and for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and nominated for the NCIBA Golden Poppy in Fiction, and it was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize in the UK.

Mohammed Massoud Morsi is an Egyptian-Danish-Australian photographer, journalist and writer. His work has been published in all three of his traditional languages. Morsi has a talent for reaching to the heart of existence in a complex world and looks to important questions, finding that which is quintessentially human within much broader struggles. His work is enriched by his photographer’s eye for detail and a passion for speaking out for those suppressed.

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 3.45pm


Tropical Grove, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009




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