The Shining Wall is a literary science fiction/dystopian novel about a ruined world, where wealthy humans push health and longevity to extremes and surround themselves with a shining metal wall. Privilege and security is predicated on the services of cloned Neandertals, and the exploitation of women in the shanty towns and wastelands beyond the fortress city. Melissa Jane Ferguson is a local author who is also a biological scientist with an interest in exploring scientific possibilities and their social and personal consequences through fiction. This is her debut novel.
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Morocco: a captivating country of honour and tradition. And, for four women, a land of secrets and revelations.
From the twisted alleyways of the ancient medina of Fès to a marriage festival high in the Atlas Mountains, Deborah Rodriguez’s entrancing new bestseller is a modern story of forbidden love set in the sensual landscape of North Africa. Deborah is the author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and The Zanzibar Wife, lives in Mazatlán, Mexico and will be joining us via Zoom.
Please note, this is a lunchtime event.
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Has COVID-19 ushered in the end of the office? Or is it the office’s final triumph?
For decades, futurologists have prophesied a boundary-less working world, freed from the cramped confines of the office. During the COVID-19 crisis, employees around the globe got a taste of it. Confined by lockdown to their homes, they met, mingled, collaborated, and created electronically.
In The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Gideon Haigh reflects on our ambivalent relationship to office work and office life, how we ended up with the offices we have, how they have reflected our best and worst instincts, and how these might be affected by a world in a time of contagion.
Seats are limited so please book early!
Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre