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I'm Laura Kroetsch, Director of Adelaide Writers' Week. Come and journey with me through the marvellous world of literature. If you feel inspired, get involved and leave a comment at the bottom of the stories!

Fond thoughts about catalogues & other things that come in the mail

10 May 2017

One of the great thrills of my young life was the arrival of catalogues for an amazing array of shops selling an unbelievable amount of stuff – think lush fashion shoots, startlingly beautiful furniture and the occasional chia pet.

In the old days, catalogues came by post, they were expensive to produce and they were beautiful to behold. And while I’m sure today’s marketers embrace the end of print collateral – I continue to love printed things that arrive in my mailbox.

Mercifully, publishers are still printing catalogues and at this time of year my greedy self is busy collecting the lists of books that will be published later this year and early next. It is a thrilling exercise that results in both endless lists and a bit of low-level disappointment – one does wonder when rural romance will wear itself out.

But all that is in the future; right now I have some other writers and experiences for you to explore.

At the end of this month we have three very different and very interesting writers visiting Adelaide. First off the rank is the stunning Irish writer and Booker Prize winner Anne Enright, author of The Gathering, The Forgotten Waltz and most recently The Green Road. What will make her visit so special is that she is in conversation with Cath Kenneally and I cannot think of a better way to spend an hour than listening to two Irish ladies talking about life, books and reading. What bliss.

Second up is 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, Colson Whitehead talking to me about his new novel The Underground Railroad and some of his earlier works. I nabbed this one because I adore American lit and Whitehead is an extraordinary talent – his is an imagination that has taken me from a summer in Long Island to a post-apocalyptic future and then back, sort of, to the American Civil War.

The following night, you can see the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for non-fiction as Hisham Matar comes to Adelaide to discuss his memoir The Return. The story is of his journey back to Libya in search of his father, kidnapped by Colonel Qaddafi in 1979, imprisoned and never seen by his family again. Matar will discuss this haunting journey with Dee Michell, and together they will discuss his story of love, loss and exile.

So grab a ticket and I look forward to seeing you soon – as once we again we take a trip around the world via a little visit to one’s mailbox.

For your chance to win a season pass to see all three of our May special events, simply email us with your full name and which of the three authors you’re most excited to see, and why. Entries close 5pm, Tuesday 16 May. Winners will be notified via email.

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