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Sarah Krasnostein

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein has a doctorate in criminal law and is qualified to practice law in New York and Victoria, Australia. Born in Virginia, she divides her time between Melbourne and New York. Krasnostein’s first book, The Trauma Cleaner, was a runaway bestseller in Australia, winning the Victorian Prize for Literature. Her work appears in a variety of publications in Australia, America, and the UK. 

The Believer begins with a Mennonite choir performing on a subway platform, a fleeting moment of witness that sets the author on a fascinating journey to discover why people need to believe in absolute truths and what happens when their beliefs crash into her own. By turns devastating and uplifting, these interwoven profiles of a death doula, a geologist who believes the world is six thousand years old, a lecturer in neurobiology who spends his weekends ghost hunting, the fiancée of a disappeared pilot, a woman incarcerated for killing her abusive husband, and Mennonite families in the Bronx will leave you convinced that the most ordinary-seeming people are often the most remarkable and that deep and abiding commonalities can be found within the greatest differences.

Nonfiction; Award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein has a doctorate in criminal law and divides her time between Australia and New York. Vivid, unconventional, entertaining, and full of wonder, The Believer explores why people need to believe in absolute truths. Interwoven profiles of true believers are presented with compassion and empathy, culminating in an unforgettable tour of the human condition that cuts to the core of who we are as people, and what we’re doing on this earth.

Sunday, October 30
Ron Robinson Theater, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

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October 30, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Sunday

Speaker Schedule

Geoff Dyer + Sarah Krasnostein

In the ingeniously structured meditation The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings, Geoff Dyer sets his own encounter with late middle age against the last days and last works of writers, painters, musicians, and sports stars who’ve mattered to him throughout his life. This study of the careers of athletes, writers, and artists coming to an end shows how we come to appreciate certain works of art more when set against a consciousness of the deepening twilight.

The Believer begins with a Mennonite choir performing on a subway platform, a fleeting moment of witness that sets the author on a fascinating journey to discover why people need to believe in absolute truths and what happens when their beliefs crash into her own. By turns devastating and uplifting, these interwoven profiles will leave you convinced that the most ordinary-seeming people are often the most remarkable and that deep and abiding commonalities can be found within the greatest differences.

Ron Robinson Theater, 2:30-3:30 p.m.