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Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with women writers whose work we’ve loved.

Interview with Emily Bitto

Autumn and Kendra interview Emily Bitto, author of The Strays, which won Australia’s 2015 Stella Prize. Emily talks about her writing process, novel research, and some of the places and and people that inspired her novel.

Australian Authors Mentioned

 Christina SteadShirley HazzardElizabeth Harrower 

Emily Bitto is the author of Stella Prize winning novel The Strays (Affirm Press, and Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, US), which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the Indie Prize and the Dobbie Award, and won the 2015 Stella Prize. Emily has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. She lives in Melbourne where she co-owns the Carlton winebar, Heartattack & Vine.


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