The spirit of children’s books that allows parents to enjoy sharing them again and again (and again) relies on a peculiar alchemy. For New York Times Australian Bureau Chief and author Damien Cave (Into the Rip: How the Australian Way of Risk Made My Family Stronger, Happier … and Less American) it was the enduring magic of Curious George – that mischievous monkey and the man in the yellow suit. Join Damien as he delves into the improbable story of its authors, Hans and Margret Rey, their escape from Nazism in 1940s Paris and their extraordinary capacity to celebrate good intentions, benign kindness and wild chaotic optimism.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Damien Cave (Australian)

Damien Cave

Damien Cave is a journalist and author, and currently works as Australian Bureau Chief for the New York Times. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2008 with a team in Baghdad when covering the Iraq war. Damien is a co-author of Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives, and his latest book is Into the Rip: How the Australian Way of Risk Made My Family Stronger, Happier... and Less American.