The Festival’s most exciting suspense writers bring along their latest novels and discuss their art. Sara Foster’s The Hidden Hours is a timeless thriller with a modern twist, set between London and the Australian outback. David Francis’s Wedding Bush Road uses Australia’s outback to explore memory and loss, while Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done is a true story of an 1892 axe murder in Massachusetts. Sara, David and Sarah discuss mood, setting and the art of suspense. With John M. Green.
What happens when a writer leaves their homeland for another? Four authors who have hung their hats in fresh fields come together to discuss the effect of their backgrounds and nomadic lives on their work. Join author and foreign correspondent Caroline Brothers (The Memory Stones), Chinese-Australian performer and writer Jenevieve Chang (The Good Girl of Chinatown), English-born author Sara Foster (The Hidden Hours) who now lives in Perth, and Australian author David Francis (Wedding Bush Road), who calls Los Angeles home.
Facilitated by Michaela Kalowski.
Supported by Macquarie University.
Salons are held on the first Sunday of every month, from 4-6 p.m. All salons are held in Clifton’s historic ballroom and are free and open to the public. All guests are invited to dine, drink and socialize with us after the salon in Clifton’s Redwood Room.
Lawyer and celebrated author David Francis (Wedding Bush Road) shares his unusual story about leaving Australia, landing in the heart of the Los Angeles riots and taking refuge in the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. He ended up becoming lead tenor in the oldest black choir in Los Angeles and performing as the warm-up act to the Dalai Lama at the Hollywood Bowl, before co-founding Horses in the Hood, which provides inner-city children with the opportunity to learn to ride horses.
Supported by the University of Sydney.
10:30 a.m. – Fiction: You Can’t Go Home Again, Conversation 1091
Speaker: David Francis (with Adam Haslett, Nathan Hill and Jacqueline Woodson)
Seeley G. Mudd 123
1:30 - 2 p.m. - Book signing at Counterpoint Booth #159
3 p.m. – Fiction: Writing Gay Literature in Los Angeles, Conversation 1151