Peter Carey

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A Computer Virus, A Jailbreak, And A Potential Cyber War

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey talks about his new novel, Amnesia, about a virus in an Australian prison computer system that causes hundreds of asylum-seekers to walk free.

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Peter Carey: From Outback Outlaws to Militant Hackers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Peter Carey’s latest novel, “Amnesia,” sees government surveillance and cyber terrorism from an Australian perspective.

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Peter Carey & “Rent” Goes to Cuba

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Novelist Peter Carey explains how Julian Assange inspired his latest novel, and Cuba gets its first Broadway musical since the Revolution.


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Questions for Peter Carey

Monday, October 21, 2013

What are your favorite books/who are your favorite authors?

     The library is too big for favorites. Recently I have enjoyed Donna Tartt's new novel, John Ralston Saul's Voltaire's Bastards, David Graeber's Debt, Chris Adrian's The Children's Hospital.


What authors or works do you think are underappreciated or overlooked?

     The Great Australian writer Helen Garney. Go out and buy The Spare Room now.


Do you have any writing rituals or habits? Where, when, and how do you write?

     Clean teeth. Put on shoes. Make coffee. Write with my nose.


Do you have favorite or least favorite words? What are they and why?

     MBA words of any sort—incentivise for instance. Ultilitarian, ugly words like "de-glove."


Are there certain kinds of characters or stories you’re drawn to in your own work?

     Obsessive people, angry people, anyone with dangerous levels of energy.


What's the last great thing you read/saw/listened to?

     Rachel Kusher's The Flame Throwers.


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October's Book: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oscar and Lucinda is Peter Carey's Booker Prize-winning 1988 novel, that tells the story of an unusual romance in 19th-century Australia. Oscar is a nervous Anglican minister, and Lucinda is an heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory, and the two share a guilty passion for gambling. The story culminates in a crazy expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

Buy, borrow, or download the book today and start reading now so you can join the conversation with Peter Carey! You can leave your thoughts and questions about the book as a comment, below.

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Peter Carey's Deceptional Devices

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two-time Booker Prize winning Australian writer Peter Carey read from his novel His Illegal Self for BAM's Eat, Drink & Be Literary series. Stream the reading and the discussion that followed.