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Rachel Kushner’s novels have explored the Cuban revolution, Italian radical politics and women’s prisons. In conversation from Los Angeles with Megan Dunn, she tells tales from her latest book, The Hard Crowd, which collects 20 years of her reportage, essays, criticism and memoir. Find out what it’s like participating in an illegal motorcycle race down the Baja Peninsula, visiting a Palestinian refugee camp, or diving into the music scene in 1980s San Francisco. Grab a glass of wine and take a spin through America’s heady counter-culture, with the smell of leather and the wind in your face.


The Faraway Near bar

The Faraway Near is our beautiful, intimate venue for international digital events. Grab a seat, with the night’s overseas guest seated at your table via a life-sized screen, sharing drinks and conversation. These sessions are more dinner party than hushed theatre, and were the hit of 2021’s festival.

Our guests are broadcast from their own homes around the world, and appear in informal conversation with a skilled interviewer who’s sitting with you in the bar. The bar will be open throughout, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions of your guest as well.

Choose to sit at the dining tables with our writers in the most intimate A reserve spots, or join others in the lounge to tune in from the big B reserve screen.

A Reserve: our most intimate seats, at a dining table with a small group, and your writer life-sized on screen.

B Reserve: in the lounge with a larger group, tuning into your writer on a bigger screen.

Friday, 2 September
TSB Space, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm A Reserve $42/$37
B Reserve $33/$28
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