According to The New York Times, ‘Joy Williams might be the writer’s writer’. She is the award-winning author of four novels and five collections of stories. Joy comes to the Festival bearing her latest work, Ninety-Nine Stories of God, a collection of micro fiction exploring interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. The characters in the 99 vignettes range from Kafka to the Aztecs, O.J. Simpson and a pack of wolves. Joy is in conversation with ABC RN’s Kate Evans.

Joy Williams (International)

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According to The New York Times, ‘Joy Williams might be the writer’s writer’s writer.’ Over the decades, wildly different stylists including Don Barthelme, Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, William Gass, Karen Russell, Bret Easton Ellis, James Salter, Ann Beattie and Tao Lin, have all expressed unqualified admiration. She is the author of four novels and five collections of stories. Her first novel, State of Grace, was a finalist for the National Book Award and her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. She is also the author as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her latest work, 99 Stories of God, is a collection of micro-fiction and was published in 2016. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans is a broadcaster on ABC RN's Books and Arts and Books Plus programs. She has a PhD in history, a lot of books, and many questions.