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Omar Musa – Killernova

Book Launch

Saturday 27 November 2021
Omar Musa - Killernova

The National Portrait Gallery and The Curatoreum in partnership with Penguin Books are thrilled to host the official Canberra launch of Omar Musa’s Killernova. Grappling with his heritage, Musa charts a journey through the colonial history of South-East Asia, environmental destruction, race in Australia, the isolation and addiction of COVID lockdown, family, lost love and, ultimately, recovery.

Omar Musa in conversation with Polly Hemming at 1.00pm and with Irma Gold at 3.00pm, followed by a book signing of Killernova, available for sale at The Curatoreum, $34.99.

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He has released three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), four hip-hop records, written an acclaimed one-man play (Since Ali Died), and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin Award. Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

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