Mariko Tamaki is in town to talk about, well, talk. The award-winning Canadian writer chats with author Maria Lewis about the importance of dialogue in her graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, and in comics such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Supergirl, The Hulk and Adventure Time. What do we mean when we talk about talk? What does talk tell us about a person? How can writers use talk to create interesting characters? Join Mariko and Maria at this talkfest.

Supported by the City of Parramatta and the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

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Mariko Tamaki (International)

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Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in California. Her books/collaborations include the graphic novels Skim and This One Summer (both with Jillian Tamaki) and YA novels (You) Set Me on Fire and Saving Montgomery Sole. This One Summer received Printz and Caldecott Honors, and the Ignatz and Eisner for Best Graphic Album (New) and was a New York Times bestseller. Mariko has also written for the comic series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tomb Raider and Adventure Time. Her more recent comics include Hulk: Deconstructed with Nico Leon and Supergirl: Being Super with Joëlle Jones. Mariko’s upcoming projects include a graphic novel about lesbian love and loss, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell.

Maria Lewis (Australian)

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Maria Lewis is a journalist and author. Getting her start covering police rounds, her writings on pop culture have appeared in the New York Post, Empire Magazine, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph and the Huffington Post. She also appears on SBS Viceland series The Feed. Her debut novel Who’s Afraid? was released worldwide in 2016. Maria's latest book is the sequel, Who’s Afraid Too?.