Sally Rugg greets some of the Festival’s favourites for a celebration of queer literature. Join Alexander Chee, Andrew Sean Greer, Casey Legler, Jordy Rosenberg, Holly Throsby, Niviaq Korneliussen and Bryan Washington as they pick from the canon of queer texts, choosing both out and proud and more ambiguous, between-the-lines stories. In a discussion about texts from The Price of Salt to Harry Potter, the guests reveal their literary crushes, their heroes and the authors who illuminated their paths towards writing.
Supported by the University of Sydney.
Bryan Washington (International)
Bryan Washington has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Tin House, BuzzFeed, Bon Appétit, GQ, Vulture, FADER, The Awl, Catapult, and MUNCHIES. His debut collection of stories, Lot, is set in his hometown of Houston and is “the confession of a neighbourhood, channelled through a literary prodigy” (Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym).
Jordy Rosenberg (International)
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox – a New York Times Editor's Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and a Publishing Triangle Award. Confessions has been recognized by many publications including The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy is an Associate Professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Andrew Sean Greer (International)
Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Andrew has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY Show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Less. He lives in San Francisco.
Alexander Chee (International)
Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Guernica, and Tin House, among others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist — and how we form our identities in life and in art. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly, Time Magazine, New York Magazine and the Washington Post, among others. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, and “incendiary” by The New York Times.
Holly Throsby (Australian)
Holly Throsby is a musician and novelist from Sydney. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children’s songs, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann). Holly has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly’s debut novel Goodwood was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for numerous awards. Her second novel Cedar Valley was published to rave reviews. It has been longlisted for the Indie Book Award.
Casey Legler (International)
Casey Legler is an artist, restaurateur, model, and a former Olympic swimmer. Born in France to expatriate American parents, Casey grew up in Provence, and went on to swim for France in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The first woman signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes, Casey has been featured in Vogue, Le Monde, and Time. The New York Times called their memoir, Godspeed, “Raw and poetic… lean and ferocious.”
Niviaq Korneliussen (International)
Niviaq Korneliussen was born in 1990 in Nuuk and grew up in South Greenland. She spent a year in California as an exchange student. Korneliussen started writing in 2013 and is the winner of many writing competitions in Greenland where her debut novel Crimson was first published under the title HOMO sapienne, which she translated herself from Greenlandic to Danish and was nominated for a Politiken literary award and the Nordice Council Literature Prize. In a New Yorker article titled ‘The Young Queer Writer Who Became Greenland’s Unlikely Literary Star’ the magazine called Crimson “a work of a strikingly modern sensibility. A stream-of-consciousness story of five queer protagonists confronting their identities in twenty-first-century Greenlandic culture".
Sally Rugg (Australian)
Sally Rugg is a LGBTIQ activist and the Executive Director of Change.org Australia. She worked at the forefront of the campaign for marriage equality while Campaign Director at GetUp. Her first book How Powerful We Are is about dirty politics, sophisticated campaigning and how Australia finally said 'yes' to love, and will be published in 2019.