Thursday, Sept 10, 5:00 PM ET
Tara June Winch discusses The Yield
Live via Zoom. Free with RSVP through Brooklyn Public Library
After ten years adrift in Europe, August Gondiwindi is called home for her grandfather’s memorial. Returning to the rural Australian town of Massacre Plains, August finds a mining company is set to repossess her family home and dig up ancestral land—unless she can help stop it in time. Determined to make amends for leaving and to right history’s wrongs, August races to save her home and community. A book her grandfather was working on before he died—a compendium of Wiradjuri language, traditions, and memories—may just hold the key.
Told in three masterfully woven narratives, The Yield is a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous identity and storytelling. It has been called “a beautifully written novel that puts language at the heart of remembering the past and understanding the present” and “a groundbreaking novel for black and white Australia.”
Tara June Winch is the Wiradjuri author of novel Swallow the Air and short story collection After the Carnage. For her first novel, she was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist and received mentorship from Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She was born in Australia in 1983 and currently lives in France with her family.
Winch will be in conversation with Anderson Tepper. Formerly of Vanity Fair, Tepper is co-chair of the international committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival and has served on the advisory committee of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. He has written on books and writers for a variety of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Air Mail, and Words without Borders.
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"A beautifully written novel that puts language at the heart of remembering the past and understanding the present."—Kate Morton
“A groundbreaking novel for black and white Australia.”—Richard Flanagan, Man Booker Prize winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North
"Already a best-seller in Australia, Winch’s second novel is a clear-eyed look at the experiences of native people and the ways in which history is inherited through generations." —Booklist