From the author of The Lucky Galah comes an inventive and playful exploration of very human stories from non-human perspectives. Join us for the launch of Tracy’s new book, The Vitals. A special fundraising event for Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Tracy will be In Conversation to discuss her new book, writing and life.

Deep inside Tracy’s body live the organs of the peritoneal cavity. Ute, a wandering womb. Rage, an existential spleen. Gaster, a gleeful gorger. Liv, a workaholic liver. But there is also Baby, an ever-growing tumour. Together, the organs must fight for homeostasis … and Tracy’s survival.

The Vitals is a cancer memoir transformed by Tracy’s creativity and imagination into something far richer and stranger. Narrated by her internal organs, The Vitals will make you infinitely more aware of the peculiar world inside your body and discover all the hidden parts that make you human.

Copies of The Vitals and The Lucky Galah will be available for sale thanks to Books Plus Bathurst. 10% of each sale of The Vitals goes towards the 2024 Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Tracy Sorensen is a writer and scholar. She grew up in Carnarvon on the north coast of Western Australia and now lives in Bathurst, New South Wales, with her partner, Steve. Her first novel, The Lucky Galah, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2019. The Vitals, her second novel, is based on her experience with advanced primary peritoneal cancer, a form of ovarian cancer associated with a mutation on the BRCA1 gene on the seventeenth chromosome.

Event and Ticket Details

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All tickets $15

Event Notes

Online ticket sales will end at 12:30pm on the day of the event. Tickets will then be available from the bar prior to the event start time.

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