MPavilion Book Club



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Don’t know what to add to your summer reading list? MPavilion has you covered!

Our MPavilion Book Club series is kicking of in December, and will be running on Thursday evenings each month until March. Join us for book chat, wine, and presentations from special guests, including authors and industry insiders.

All of the titles featured in our Book Club series will be available to browse at our onsite library, so come down and read these titles in the beautiful surrounds of Queen Victoria Gardens.

MPavilion Book Club with Eugenia Lim, Thursday 12th December, 7pm–8pm

For our very first MPavilion Book Club of the season, join APHIDS co-director and Easy Riders artist Eugenia Lim to reflect on and discuss Heiki Geissler’s Seasonal Associate.

Seasonal Associate shifts between the first and second person to explore the dynamics of precarious work. Written by novelist Heike Geissler in a fictionalised account of her experience working as a casual employee at an Amazon ‘Fulfillment’ factory in Leipzig, the book explores the internal life and internalised pressures of the neoliberal labour market.

This event is supported by RACV.

MPavilion Book Club with The Wheeler Centre, Thursday, 16th January, 7pm–8pm

In January, ahead of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, join us at MPavilion for a special book club celebrating this year’s Fiction shortlist.

You’ll hear from from Cher Tan, Jaclyn Crupi, Bridget Caldwell, Chris Somerville and Justine Hyde, who’ll each reflect on one of the five shortlisted titles: Act of Grace by Anna Krien, Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas, Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley, The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab and The Yield by Tara June Winch. Then, you’ll have the chance to share your own thoughts and questions.

MPavilion Book Club with The Conversation, Thursday 6th February, 7pm–8pm

In February we welcome the razor-sharp team from The Conversation for a very special MPavilion Book Club session. Hear from Arts + Culture editor Suzy Freeman-Greene as she leads a discussion about the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner, Richard Powers’ grand novel The Overstory. Suzy will be joined by Kathryn Williams, professor of environmental psychology at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Its team of professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

[CANCELLED] MPavilion Book Club with Maddee Clark, Monday 16th March, 5.15pm–6.15pm

In March, Maddee Clark, MPavilion’s 2018 Writer in Residence hosts the book club on The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs’ self confessed “attack” on the principles and aims that have shaped the way we think about city planning and development. Written in the 1950s, and reflecting on city life in New York, Chicago, and Boston, the text finds surprising relevance in our current context. Jacobs makes bold and sometimes outrageous claims about safety, crime, street life, policing, the negative influence of the Garden City, and propositions made about revitalising and reviving parts of the cities we live in.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.