In this unmissable opening night event, three of the literary world’s most exciting voices address the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019 theme, Lie To Me. New York Times–bestselling author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), award-winning author Max Porter (Grief is a Thing with Feathers and Lanny) and Meg Wolitzer, acclaimed author of The Interestings and The Wife each take to the stage to examine how white lies and grand deceptions sustain our daily lives, the body politics and history itself.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (International)

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

According to the New York Times, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s bestselling debut Friday Black is “a powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories meant to be read right now... an unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice... Adjei-Brenyah, with his own “maroon of life,” is here to signal a warning, or perhaps just to say this is what it feels like, in stories that move and breathe and explode on the page.” Nana is from Spring Valley, New York, and graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. H

Max Porter (International)

Max Porter

Max Porter's extraordinary debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers — part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief — was published to widespread acclaim in 2015. It has been sold in 28 territories and saw Max win the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award. It was also shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. Complicité and Wayward’s theatre production of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers has been staged in Dublin and London, and had its Off-Broadway premiere in New York in April of this year. Porter's latest novel is Lanny.