Fact/Fiction Conversation: J.P Pomare & Bram Presser

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Event Date: 
19 September 2019
Author / Presenters: 
J.P. Pomare & Bram Presser

This event is part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival

These two authors use the motif of memory and personal histories to create two very different responses. Bestselling author J.P Pomare created the literary‐thriller Call me Evie to explore the past and present through the lens of a 17 year‐old‐woman who has lost her memory while award-winning author Bram Presser used family history and survival of the Holocaust to write a hybrid memoir‐fictional exploration of truth and memory by creating The Book of Dirt.

What compels these authors to write about these experiences and how do they approach these topics?

About the Fact/Fiction Conversation series:
What is at the heart of a story? At what point does fiction cross the border of truth? These questions are at the centre of the relationship between reader and creator and is the cornerstone of curiosity.

Fact/Fiction Conversations pair a fiction and non‐fiction writer together to discuss everything from their books and their writing processes to their influences and the ways in which their genres are more like twins than distant cousins. We have a series of Fact/Fiction conversations throughout the festival.

About the authors:

J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and longlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife.

Bram Presser was born in Melbourne in 1976. His stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Sleepers Almanac and Higher Arc. His book, The Book of Dirt (2018) was Winner, National Jewish Book Awards, Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction, United States, 2018; Winner, Voss Literary Prize, 2018; Winner, NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2018; Winner, NSW Premier's Literary Awards: UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, 2018; Winner, NSW Premier's Literary Awards: The People's Choice Award, 2018; and Longlisted, Nib Waverley Library Award, 2018