Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Author Talks: Robin de Crespigny

Join Sydney film-maker, producer, director and writer Robin de Crespigny at Hurstville Library when she introduces her prize winning book, "The People Smuggler". Winner of the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction, "The People Smuggler" is the true story of Iraqi refugee Ali Al Jenabi who became a people smuggler to save his family, and who ultimately came to be seen not as a heinous criminal but as the "Oskar Schindler of Asia". This is an epic tale that leaves it up to the reader to ask themselves what they would do in the same situation.
"The People Smuggler" was the highest selling Australian book at the Sydney Writers Festival, the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week, and has recently been hovering at the top of bestseller lists in bookshops around the country.

Robin de Crespigny
During the evening Robin will talk about the story, how, when and why she came to the project, her writing process and how she worked with Ali despite their cultural differences all interspersed with readings. The evening will then be opened up for a Q &A session which promises a vigorous discussion on this topical subject.

“An engrossing account of a figure seen by some as saviour and others as criminal. A significant book”, Thomas Keneally

Friday 9 November @ 7pm
Hurstville Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville
Bookings: 9330 6142
Copies of book available for sale and signing.

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