Reconciliation, Identity and Imagined Futures:
Claire G. Coleman
and Shais Rishon in conversation with Isabelle Oderberg

Broadcasting from Melbourne and New York, join Melbourne journalist Isabelle Oderberg as she speaks with Noongar writer Claire G. Coleman and writer, Black American and Orthodox Rabbi Shais Rishon as they journey through the variegated terrain of identity and belonging. Exploring experiences of connection and community alongside those of disconnection and divide, Oderberg will uncover Coleman and Rishon’s realities, fears and hopes through the prism of their writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

Supported by our media partner The Australian Jewish News

Tuesday 13th October
8.00 - 9.00 pm AEST 
FREE via Zoom – registration required
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"My friend, you would not tell with such high zest / 
To children ardent for some desperate glory /
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est / 
Pro patria mori." 
(It is sweet and proper to die for one's country).

— Wilfred Owen, quoted by Claire G. Coleman in The Old Lie

The Old Lie

by Claire G. Coleman

Melanie Kembrey in the Sydney Morning Herald:

It is known as the 'overview effect', the profound shift in understanding that astronauts can experience when they see Earth from space. Claire G. Coleman's new novel, The Old Lie, evokes a similar transformation of perspective – taking us deep into the cosmos to reveal our home planet in all its beauty and horror.

Coleman doesn't write happy endings – she will, she says, when Aboriginal people have a happy ending. She wanted to be honest about the experience of being Aboriginal, not tell a new lie."

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“I’m so excited to write this, so there is no confusion...
I’m an African-American author, yes, and a Jewish-American author, yes — both."

— Shais Rishon (aka MaNishtana), on Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi

Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi

by MaNishtana (Shais Rishon)

Zachary D. Fasman, reviewing for the Jewish Book Council:

Described as a semi-auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal sto­ry by the apt­ly named author, MaN­ish­tana, the wild­ly orig­i­nal nar­ra­tive and autho­r­i­al voice illu­mi­nates the world of Amer­i­can Jews of col­or, a group that has recent­ly received atten­tion, but oth­er­wise was long invis­i­ble to oth­ers. Imag­ine A Con­fed­er­a­cy of Dunces set in mod­ern Brook­lyn with New York hip­sters and a hos­tile rab­binic estab­lish­ment, and you’ve almost got it. But not quite."

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2018 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award's Goldberg Award for Debut Fiction. 

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