According to The New York Times, ‘Joy Williams might be the writer’s writer’. She is the award-winning author of four novels and five collections of stories. Joy comes to the Festival bearing her latest work, Ninety-Nine Stories of God, a collection of micro fiction exploring interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. The characters in the 99 vignettes range from Kafka to the Aztecs, O.J. Simpson and a pack of wolves. Joy is in conversation with ABC RN’s Kate Evans.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC RN with Cassie McCullagh, after years of interviewing writers for RN Books and Arts and Books Plus, as well as working across a whole slew of other RN programs. She regularly appears on stage in conversation with writers and artists. She has a PhD in history, cannot get through a day without reading fiction, and has a wildly idiosyncratic system of shelving and piling up books.