UTS Library

NYoR: FREE Author Talk by Lisa Pryor - Wednesday 29 August

National Year of Reading

UTS Library will be hosting a series of FREE author talks throughout semester two as part of the continuing National Year of Reading celebrations.

A Small Book About Drugs - by Lisa Pryor

The first talk will be presented by Lisa Pryor author of A Small Book About Drugs. Lisa will be reading an excerpt from her book and discussing the path to becoming an author.

About the book:

Most people who use recreational drugs haven't had their lives destroyed, aren't living on the streets, and enjoy normal and unscathed relationships with families, friends and the world. So why is it that discussion about drugs and drug policy only reflects tragedy that ends with death, jail or addiction? Why is it that the only politically acceptable position on the use of drugs is one of prohibition?

With nearly a quarter of people in their twenties now trying ecstasy, and half dabbling with marijuana, in many families recreational drug use remains one of the last intergenerational silences left between baby boomers and their adult children. Lisa Pryor captures the zeitgeist in this considered yet punchy exploration of the real world of drug use today. It is the skewed nature of the debate, she argues, that has worsened rather than fixed many of the very real problems drug use can cause.

This is an intelligent and personal look at the complex issue of recreational drug use. It will change the terms of the debate forever.

About the author:

Since graduating with a degree in law, Lisa Pryor has firmly established herself as an incisive and entertaining social commentator through her popular opinion column for the Sydney Morning Herald and her previous book, the cult hit The Pin Striped Prison. She is now studying medicine, inspired by a night in a hospital emergency ward researching this book. A small book about drugs has been longlisted for the 2012 John Button Prize.

A Small Book About Drugs will be available for sale at the talk and Lisa will be signing copies of her book.

So bring your lunch and join us for what promises to be an interesting talk.

DATE: Wednesday, 29 August
TIME: 12pm - 1pm
VENUE: Learning Commons, Level 3, City Campus Library

This is a free event.
All are welcome.
No RSVP or booking is required.

Bookings are required for non-UTS attendees

Upcoming Author Talks

Wednesday, 19 September
Nicole WatsonThe Boundary

Wednesday, 26 September
Peter Robb

All talks are being held from 12pm - 1pm in the Learning Commons on Level 3 of the City Campus Library.