12:15 pmTe Marae, Level 4, Te Papa
Feverish: A Memoir by Gigi Fenster and Megan Dunn’s Tinderbox take a punk approach to the conventions of autobiography. In an attempt to break free from rationality and make her life a work of art, novelist and writing teacher Fenster decides to induce a fever in herself; the resulting memoir takes in apartheid South Africa and complex family dynamics. Dunn writes about the end of reading and her attempted rewrite of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which is derailed while she works at failing bookseller chain Borders; the memoir has been described as ‘comic genius’. Novelist Emily Perkins chairs this discussion on writing about the self, books and heat.