December 2016, issue no. 387

Events (4)

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:22

Proust and Montaigne

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Proust and Montaigne – Writing the Self, May 15 at 6.p.m

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Francophiles, essayists, and Proustians will not want to miss a joint ABR and Melbourne Library Services event to be held in the East Melbourne Library  on Wednesday, 15 May (6 p.m.). Noted French scholars and enthusiasts Véronique Duché and Colin Nettelbeck (who reviews Camus’s Algerian Chronicles for us in the May issue) will be in discussion about Montaigne and Proust, with particular references to convergences in their remarkable works. This is a free event, but reservations are essential: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note this event is now booked out.

Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:45

Seymour Biography Lecture

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Investigative Reporter of the Spirit: The Search for Five Women

Presented by Jeffrey Meyers


Renowned biographer Professor Jeffrey Meyers delivered the eighth annual Seymour Biography Lecture – on the craft of biography, autobiography, and memoir. In his work on Joseph Conrad, Wyndham Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Frost, Meyers was fascinated to learn that each of these married writers had an intriguing, but elusive, lover. He found that these mysterious lovers assume an independent existence and had extraordinary lives worthy of a full-length study. In this lecture, Meyers reveals what happens when minor characters take on lives of their own.

Jeffrey Meyers – one of twelve Americans who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature – is one of the most respected scholars in his field. He has published fifty books and 800 articles on modern American, English, and European literature, has edited two collections of essays on biography and has lectured at numerous universities across the world. His interests include bibliography, editing, literary criticism, art history, and film. Based in Berkeley, California, Meyers is the author of several works on T. E. Lawrence and George Orwell and has written about the lives of Katherine Mansfield, Robert Lowell, D.H. Lawrence, Edgar Allan Poe, Edmund Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, Errol and Sean Flynn, Somerset Maugham, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, Samuel Johnson, and John Huston.

Jeffrey Meyers delivered the lecture at Australian Book Review on 17 September 2012.




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 Seymour Biography Lecture 2012, recorded at the National Library of Australia on 13 September 2012.


Supported by John and Heather Seymour, Australian Book Review, the State Library of New South Wales, and the National Library of Australia.

The Seymour Biography Lecture was also presented in Canberra and Sydney at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales respectively.



Monday, 04 January 2016 10:48

ABR Cultural Tour to the USA 2016

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Literature, art and history

September 15–October 1, 2016


Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a 17-day tour to the North East USA for its readers, supporters and their friends. The tour features long stays in Washington, Cambridge and New York, with excursions to Boston and a two-night stop at New Haven.

ABR Tour mapThere is a strong, but not exclusive, focus on literature in the itinerary, with visits to writers' homes, major libraries, rare book collections and major US publishers. ABR has used its deep professional contacts to arrange special events and access to sites not normally available to the public.

The tour is led by Australian Book Review's Peter Rose and Christopher Menz. Additional input is provided by local guides, librarians and art gallery lecturers. Accommodation is in centrally-located four-star hotels.

ABR has engaged Academy Travel, a leading Australian small-group cultural travel company, to manage the tour.

pdfABR USA Tour Brochure

Enquiries and Bookings

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact Erin Laffin at Academy Travel, on 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 (outside Sydney) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 20 July 2012 12:50


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ABR's November Arts Issue Launch

Australian Book Review is delighted to invite you to join us at the Monash University Museum of Art as we celebrate the launch of ABR's 2016 Arts issue and introduce the new ABR Laureate, Robyn Archer.

The annual Arts issue highlights Australian Book Review's arts coverage and celebrates some of the year's best concerts, operas, films and television shows, ballets, plays, and exhibitions.

When:Thursday 10 November, 2016 (6 pm for 6.30 pm)
Where: Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria
Visit the MUMA website to plan your trip.
Bookings: This is a free event but bookings are requested to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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