In this unmissable opening night event, three of the world’s most celebrated writers each deliver an address on the Sydney Writers’ Festival theme of power. Acclaimed novelist André Aciman (Call Me by Your Name and Enigma Variations), award–winning author Min Jin Lee (Pachinko) and Alexis Okeowo, award–winning author of A Moonless, Starless Sky take to the stage to examine how power relates to politics, money, sex and identity, and the ability of literature, storytelling and reportage to redress power imbalances in modern times.

André Aciman (International)

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André Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the director of The Writers’ Institute. He is the author of Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt: A Memoir, False Papers, Alibis, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, and Enigma Variations. He is the co-author and editor of Letters of Transit and of The Proust Project. André is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written for publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books and several volumes of Best American Essays. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays.

Min Jin Lee (International)

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Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. A New York Times bestseller, Pachinko was in the Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, the BBC, CBC, the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. Pachinko was on more than six dozen best books of the year lists around the world, including NPR, PBS, CNN, History channel, Esquire, Financial Times, Amazon, Financial Review, New Statesman, Chicago Tribune, Whitcoulls 100, and The Irish Times. Min’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was in the Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today.

Alexis Okeowo (International)

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Alexis Okeowo is a magazine writer and screenwriter, and a former fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Sports Writing. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her first book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism In Africa, is a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.