9 NOV 6.30pm - Kristina Olsonn


9 NOV 6.30pm - Kristina Olsonn


Everywhere he looked he saw what Utzon saw. The drama of harbour and horizon, and at night, the star-clotted sky. 
It held the shape of the possible, 
of a promise made and waiting to be kept …

Join us at Riverbend on Friday 9th November as local author Kristina Olsson speaks to us about her beautiful new novel, Shell. 

 is a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history.

‘This narrative of war and hope, the old and the new world, makes Shell a novel of energy and enlightenment, and, to boot, a source of delightful reading.’  - Tom Keneally

About The Book....
In 1965 as Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s striking vision for the Sydney Opera House transforms the skyline and unleashes a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery threaten to tear the country apart. 

Journalist Pearl Keogh, exiled to the women’s pages after being photographed at an anti-war protest, is desperate to find her two missing brothers and save them from the draft. Axel Lindquist, a visionary young glass artist from Sweden, is obsessed with creating a unique work that will do justice to Utzon’s towering masterpiece. 

In this big, bold and hauntingly beautiful portrait of art and life, Shell captures a world on the brink of seismic change though the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.And reminds us why taking a side matters.

About The  Author...
Kristina Olsson is the author of the novel In One Skin and the biography Kilroy Was Here. Her second novel, The China Garden, received the 2010 Barbara Jefferis Award for its empowering depiction of women in society and was also shortlisted for the Kibble Literary Award. Kristina’s non-fiction work Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir won the 2014 Kibble Literary Award, the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Best Non-fiction, and the 2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award for Non-fiction. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize, the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-fiction, and the 2013 Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award. Kristina’s journalism and non-fiction have been published in The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Sunday Telegraph and Griffith REVIEW. She has worked extensively as a teacher of creative writing and journalism at tertiary level and in the community, and as an advisor to government.

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