Portable Curiosities Book Launch
UQP and Books Kinokuniya invite you to join us for the Sydney launch of Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities.
To be launched by Patrick Lenton.
In her first full-length collection, short story writer Julie Koh explodes out of the gates; through clear-sighted satire and an eye for the absurd, she gently eviscerates contemporary Australia. From killer ice-cream trucks to separatist cat cafés, Portable Curiosities mines the underbelly of contemporary culture and turns Australian society – and Australian short fiction – on its head.
I saw this Instagram post, right? And this girl wrote that she would, and I quote, kill for one of my ice-creams and I thought, as I slid down the left slippery slide, I wonder if she would literally die for one. That’s a gap in the market if I ever spied one. What if I decided to take ice-cream out of the ice-cream business and turn it into an extreme sport? What if an ice-cream existed that said to foodies everywhere: ‘How serious are you about food?’ An ice-cream that sorts the professionals from the amateurs, the men from the boys. So I thought I’d put the word out. Call in the media. We’re going to try it out today.
– from Cream Reaper
JULIE KOH was born in Sydney to Chinese–Malaysian parents. After quitting a career in corporate law to pursue writing, she has had short stories published in a range of publications, including The Best Australian Stories 2014 and 2015, The Sleepers Almanac and The Lifted Brow. In 2013 she was a finalist for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (Written Word category).
18:00–20:00 Where: Books Kinokuniya, Sydney