In this unmissable opening night event, three of the literary world’s most exciting voices address the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019 theme, Lie To Me. New York Times–bestselling author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), award-winning author Max Porter (Grief is a Thing with Feathers and Lanny) and Meg Wolitzer, acclaimed author of The Interestings and The Wife each take to the stage to examine how white lies and grand deceptions sustain our daily lives, the body politics and history itself.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (International)

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According to the New York Times, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s bestselling debut Friday Black is “a powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories meant to be read right now... an unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice... Adjei-Brenyah, with his own “maroon of life,” is here to signal a warning, or perhaps just to say this is what it feels like, in stories that move and breathe and explode on the page.” Nana is from Spring Valley, New York, and graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. He was the 2016-2017 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica, Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, Printer’s Row, Gravel, and The Breakwater Review, where he was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. 

Max Porter (International)

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Max Porter's extraordinary debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers — part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief — was published to widespread acclaim in 2015. It has been sold in 28 territories and saw Max win the Sunday Times Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award. It was also shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. Complicité and Wayward’s theatre production of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers has been staged in Dublin and London, and had its Off-Broadway premiere in New York in April of this year. Porter's latest novel is Lanny.

Meg Wolitzer (International)

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Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous books, including The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife, which was recently made into an award-winning film starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. In 2017 Wolitzer was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. She also writes books for young people, including most recently To Night Owl from Dogfish, which she co-wrote with children's author Holly Goldberg Sloan. Meg lives in New York City.