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John M. Green Returns to the Sydney Writers' Festival 2017 with a Trio of Thrilling Events

Join John M. Green, author of Tori Swyft thriller The Tao Deception, over three unmissable events. Topics will delve into his latest novel, North Korea and the art of suspense.

John M. Green: The Tao Deception

Wed, 24 May 2017 6:00pm-7:30pm

Author Talk

Where: Ashfield Town Hall

Presenters: John M. Green

In John M. Green’s {The Tao Deception: A Tori Swyft Thriller}, today’s conspiracy is tomorrow’s reality. When the Pope is assassinated by a drone and a Chinese terrorist group claims responsibility, Dr Tori Swyft – an Australian deal-maker and ex-spy – uncovers a money trail that leads her to China’s border with North Korea. Join John M. Green as he talks about his latest novel and the fascinating real-life inspiration behind this thriller. {Presented with Ashfield Library, Inner West Council}

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Suspense: Setting and Mood

Thu, 25 May 2017 4:30pm-5:30pm

Panel

Where: Sydney Dance Lounge

Presenters: David Francis Sara Foster Sarah Schmidt

Facilitator: John M. Green

The Festival’s most exciting suspense writers bring along their latest novels and discuss their art. Sara Foster’s {The Hidden Hours} is a timeless thriller with a modern twist, set in England’s Lakes District. David Francis’s {Wedding Bush Road} uses Australia’s outback to explore memory and loss, while Sarah Schmidt’s {See What I Have Done} is a true story of an 1892 axe murder in Massachusetts. Sara, David and Sarah discuss mood, setting and the art of suspense. With John M. Green.

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John M. Green: On Why We Should Be Scared Shitless About North Korea

Sun, 28 May 2017 2:30pm-3:10pm

Author Talk

Where: Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage

Presenters: John M. Green

Facilitator: Juanita Ruys

John M. Green’s {The Tao Deception} is ‘Australian thriller writing at its very best’, says an ABC review. John says he was driven to write the book by ‘a deep worry about electromagnetic pulses being used by a rogue nation to destroy whichever country in the Western world it chose, sending it back into the dark ages by frying its electrics and electronics’. John talks about depicting real-world concerns in literature and how fiction can send powerful messages.

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{Supported by University of Sydney}

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