Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present 
much loved Melbourne author 

Arnold Zable

in conversation with Bram Presser
discussing his new work of non-fiction
due for Australian release 3rd March


Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick
434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
Wednesday 18th March
6.15 for 6.30pm start


Tickets $33.00 (+ booking fee) including a glass of wine
& an autographed copy of The Watermill

Or general admission - including a glass of wine
$10.00  (+ booking fee)

Limited seating will be available.

This is a fully ticketed event. 
Bookings essential to: TryBooking

From the author of Cafe Scheherazade and The Fighter
comes a new nonfiction collection about humanity’s indestructable desire for survival

This quartet of true stories—of displacement, of survival and of resistance—spans the globe and reflects the universal spirit of humanity. Master storyteller Arnold Zable takes us to distant lands, and those closer to home, to weave tales within tales of people compelled to live extraordinary lives.

A miller in rural China sits silently with the thrum of his waterwheel. A survivor of Pol Pot’s killing fields works to bring music and joy to a new generation. A theatre troupe rises out of the horror of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A Wurundjeri elder shares her knowledge of the land and the story of her great-great-uncle’s stand against invasion. And a family leave the old world for the new, unaware it is a land far more ancient than the one they had left.

‘Zable elevates history into near mythical tales of wonder.’


‘This is a man who truly believes in the power of stories.’


‘I can think of no other writer who describes the aching heart of humanity with as much wisdom and compassion as Arnold Zable. The Watermill brings gentle light to some dark places. Whatever ails the human race, Zable is surely part of the solution.’

Michael McGirr

Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate.

His works include Cafe ScheherazadeScraps of HeavenViolin Lessons and The Fighter, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Zable lives in Melbourne.

Bram Presser was born in Melbourne in 1976. His stories have appeared in Best Australian StoriesAward Winning Australian WritingThe Sleepers Almanac and Higher Arc.

His 2017 debut novel, The Book of Dirt, won the 2018 Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction in the US National Jewish Book Awards, the 2018 Voss Literary Prize and three awards in the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and The People’s Choice Award.
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