Join award-winning author Sarah Bakewell and Louise Adler for a spirited discussion about one of the 20th century’s most influential philosophical movements. At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails is Sarah’s bracingly fresh look at the lives and works of thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir and Martin Heidegger, whose revolutionary ideas exploded out of the cafés of Europe and reshaped how we see the world. 

Sarah Bakewell (International)

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Sarah Bakewell is the author of bestselling works of biography and cultural history, including How to Live: A Life of Montaigne, which won the Duff Cooper Prize for Non-Fiction, and the National Books Critics Circle Award for Biography. It was also shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. Her latest book, At the Existentialist Café, is a spirited account of one of the twentieth century’s major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it. Weaving biography and philosophy into an epic story of passionate encounters—fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships—this is a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today. It was selected as one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year. Sarah has previously worked as worked as a bookseller, curator, and received a postgraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence.

Louise Adler (Australian)

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Louise Adler is the chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing, president of the Australian Publishers Association and chair of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (fiction and poetry).