Christine Leunens is the author of: Primordial Soup, described by The Sunday Times as 'a remarkable debut novel'; A Can of Sunshine, selected as one of the Best Books of the Year 2013 by the New Zealand Herald; Caging Skies, adapted into the Academy Award-winning film Jojo Rabbit, and her new novel, In Amber’s Wake, currently being adapted into a film by the producer of the Academy Award-winning film, Thelma & Louise. Christine's novels have been translated into over twenty languages. She has a Master’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and a PhD in Creative writing from Victoria University of Wellington.
Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, moderator and curator for writers and ideas festivals. In 2023 she's the curator and interviewer of Brisbane Writers Festival's online series The Second Book, and curator of ABC RN's on-air writers festival, Big Weekend of Books. She's conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas and The Bookshelf, ABC Classic and has presented programs across ABC radio. Recent interviews include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Trent Dalton and Robert Jones Jr.