Trent Dalton Meet the Author

9 Oct 2023

Trent Dalton will be in conversation with Sally Pryor on Lola in the Mirror, the heartbreaking and inspiring new novel from the award-winning author of Australia’s favourite bestsellers, Boy Swallows Universe, Love Stories and All Our Shimmering Skies

Mirror, mirror, on the grass, what’s my future? What’s my past?’ A girl and her mother have been on the run for sixteen years, from police and the monster they left in their kitchen with a knife in his throat. They’ve found themselves a home inside a van with four flat tyres parked in a scrapyard by the edge of the Brisbane River.

The girl has no name because names are dangerous when you’re on the run. But the girl has a dream. A vision of a life as an artist of international acclaim. A life outside the grip of the Brisbane underworld drug queen ‘Lady’ Flora Box. A life of love with the boy who’s waiting for her on the bridge that stretches across a flooding, deadly river. A life beyond the bullet that has her name on it. And now that the storm clouds are rising, there’s only one person who can help make her dreams come true. That person is Lola and she carries all the answers. But to find Lola, the girl with no name must first do one of the hardest things we can ever do. She must look in the mirror.

Lola in the Mirror is a big, moving, blackly funny, violent, heartbreaking and beautiful novel of love, fate, life and death and all the things we see when we look in the mirror: all our past, all our present, and all our possible futures. Mirror, mirror, please don’t lie. Tell me who you are. Tell me, who am I.

Lola in the Mirror is an extremely current story about a country neck-deep in a national housing crisis”. Trent Dalton.

Trent Dalton is a two-time Walkley Award-winning journalist. His books have sold over 1.2 million copies in Australia alone. Boy Swallows Universe, which has sold more than a million copies worldwide and is currently being filmed for Netflix, received the Indie Book of the Year Award and the People’s Choice Award at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as a record of four ABIA Awards in one year.

Sally Pryor is Features Editor of the Canberra Times.

The vote of thanks will be given by Canberra best-selling author Karen Viggers.

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.


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A podcast will be made available after the event.

Symposium by University House Wine bar (Shop 13, 152 University Avenue, Acton, which is just next to the Kambri cultural center) will now be open for dining after meet the author events. Food and wine details at No bookings necessary.

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