Starts 05:30PM
 Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart, 7000

Join multi-award-winning author Bri Lee at the Hobart Town Hall for a conversation with Rachel Edwards about her ‘superb, assured, and powerful’ debut novel, The Work.

Lally has invested everything into her gallery in Manhattan and the sacrifices are finally paying off. Pat is a scholarship boy desperate to establish himself in Sydney’s antiquities scene. When they meet at New York’s Armory Show their chemistry is instant – fighting about art and politics is just foreplay.

With an ocean between them they try to get back to work, but they’re each struggling to balance money and ambition with the love of art that first drew them to their strange industry. Lally is a kingmaker, bringing exciting new talent to the world, so what’s the problem if it’s also making her rich? Pat can barely pay his rent and he isn’t sure if he’s taking advantage of his clients or if they are taking advantage of him, and which would be worse? Their international affair ebbs and flows like the market, while their aspirations and insecurities are driving them both towards career-ending mistakes.

If love costs and art takes, what price do we pay for wanting it all? The Work is about the biggest intersections of life: of art and commerce, of intimacy and distance, of talent and entitlement, and of labour and privilege. Dazzling, funny and unforgettable, it is an epic and forensic exploration of modern love and passion, politics and power. The Work announces a brilliant new voice in Australian fiction.

Bri Lee is the multi-award-winning author of Eggshell SkullBeauty and Who Gets to Be Smart. Her journalism, essays, and short stories have been published widely, and she is the creator and editor of News & Reviews.

Rachel Edwards is an ABC radio producer with Statewide Mornings and publisher at Transportation Press.

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