When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash Susan Faludi learned her estranged 76-year-old father had undergone gender confirmation surgery, she began examining the meaning of identity. Susan also analysed her enigmatic father and her own family’s haunted past. She talks to Sofija Stefanovic about In the Darkroom, in which she crossed borders – historical, political, religious and sexual – to confront the question of the age: is identity something we choose or is it something we can’t escape?

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Susan Faludi (International)

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Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, and The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her most recent book, In the Darkroom, won the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction and was named one of the top ten best books of the year by The New York Times. Faludi's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harper’s, and many other publications.

Sofija Stefanovic (International)

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Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer living in the United States. She hosts the literary salon Women of Letters New York. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth and has travelled around the United States performing with their MainStage. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between.