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In Conversation: Robert Dessaix with Adam Ouston

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To celebrate the release of Dessaix's The Pleasures of Leisure

The Churchill Room, Salamanca Inn (10 Gladstone Street), 5.30pm, Monday May 8th

We are delighted to host an event to celebrate the release of Robert Dessaix's newest book, The Pleasures of Leisure. Robert Dessaix will be in conversation with Adam Ouston at the Salamanca Inn on Monday May 8th.

In today’s crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer hours, consuming more than ever before; technology erodes the work–life balance further; increasingly, people feel that only work gives existence meaning. In a world where time is money, what is the value of walking without purpose, socialising without networking, nesting when we could be on our laptops?

Robert Dessaix shows, in this thoughtful and witty book, how taking leisure seriously gives us back our freedom – to enjoy life, to revel in it, in fact; to deepen our sense of who we are as human beings. He explains how we can reclaim our right to ‘rest well’, and to loaf, groom, nest and play, as he looks at leisure from many angles: reading, walking, travelling, learning languages, taking siestas and simply doing nothing. The result is a terrifically lively and engaging conversation that reminds us that at leisure we are at our most intensely and pleasurably human.

Robert Dessaix is a writer of fiction, autobiography and the occasional essay. From 1985 to 1995, after teaching Russian language and literature for many years at the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, he presented the weekly Books and Writing program on ABC Radio National. In more recent years he has also presented radio series on Australian public intellectuals and great travellers in history, as well as regular programs on language. His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, are his autobiography A Mother's Disgrace; the novels Night Letters and Corfu; a collection of essays and short stories (and so forth); and the travel memoirs Twilight of Love and Arabesques. In 2012 he published the collection of originally spoken pieces As I Was Saying, and in 2014 the meditation What Days Are For.

Adam Ouston’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals as well as the 2014 Transportation: Islands and Cities anthology. He is the recipient of the 2014 Erica Bell Literary Award for his manuscript The Party, which was also shortlisted for the University of Tasmania Prize in the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards 2015. Ouston's long interest in Dessaix's work (his PhD was This Mortal Coil: Travel, Identity, Mortality in the Work of Robert Dessaix), suits him perfectly for this event.

The bar will be open, so come along to hear these two writers in conversation – it promises to be a leisurely and pleasurable evening!

Free event, all welcome.


Book Launch: Playing Lady Gaga, Being Nan Pau (Steve Tolbert)

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Thursday May 11th

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We are delighted to host the launch of Steve Tolbert's latest book, Playing Lady Gaga, Being Nan Pau.

Dr Pam Allen, former head of Asian Languages and Studies at UTAS, will launch this new novel.

When Burmese schoolgirl Mya Paw Wah commits a crime during a political protest in Yangon, she flees the city to avoid the fate of her father and brother — one a political prisoner, the other killed in the police action against the protest. Military Intelligence agents, human traffickers, landmines and snakes are among the dangers Mya faces in her journey to Karen State, near the Thai border, to find her exiled mother. To survive, she plays many roles — bar-girl, novice nun, military porter, teacher — some by choice, others forced on her, as she struggles to overcome anger and despair, and maintain hope for a better life.

Tasmanian schoolboy Nick Stanish comes to Thailand looking for his missing brother — an aid worker at a medical clinic for Karen refugees — and to avoid dealing with a guilty secret. Seeking answers in the Snake Skin nightclub, Nick instead finds the local Lady Gaga — the club’s star entertainer — and is drawn into a world of sex slavery and drug smugglers – and possibly love. Playing Lady Gaga, Being Nan Pau is a compelling tale of survival and redemption, of actions and consequences, and of the best and the worst of humanity.

You can find more information about Steve Tolbert at his website.

Free event, all welcome.


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