Detail from the front cover of the book 'Grimmish'.

Join Michael Winkler as he discusses his latest book Grimmish with local Canberra author Beejay Silcox.

Following the discussion in the Theatre, Michael Winkler will be available for book signings in the Foyer.

Entry is free to this event but bookings are essential.

The talk will be available to view live online via the Library's Facebook and YouTube pages. You do not need to book a ticket to watch the event online.

This event is presented in association with the Grit & Gold: Tales from a Sporting Nation exhibition. 

About Grimmish

The front cover of the book 'Grimmish'.

Pain was Joe Grim's self-expression, his livelihood and reason for being. In 1908-09 the Italian-American boxer toured Australia, losing fights but amazing crowds with his showmanship and extraordinary physical resilience. On the east coast Grim played a supporting role in the Jack Johnson-Tommy Burns 'Fight of the Century'; on the west coast he was committed to an insane asylum. In between he played with the concept and reality of pain in a shocking manner not witnessed before or since. Award-winning writer Michael Winkler braids the story of Grim in Australia, meditations on pain, thoughts on masculinity and vulnerability, plus questionable jokes into a highly creative haymaker.

About Michael Winkler

Michael Winkler is a writer from Melbourne, Australia, living on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. He is the author, co-author and editor of numerous books, and won the Calibre Essay Prize for ‘The Great Red Whale’. His journalism, shortfiction, reviews and essays have been widely published and anthologised. 

About Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox is an Australian writer and critic, and the recipient of Australian Book Review’s Fortieth Birthday Fellowship. Her literary criticism and cultural commentary regularly appears in national arts publications, and is increasingly finding an international audience, including in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian  and The New York Times. Her award-winning short stories have been published at home and abroad, and have been selected for a number of Australian anthologies. 

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