A Little Life: An evening with Hanya Yanagihara



18 May 2016


Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

The Centre hosted an in-depth and interactive discussion with Hanya Yanagihara about her award-winning book A Little Life and the inspiration behind it. Insightful, devastating, and hopeful, Yanagihara’s novel pushes the limits of human cruelty while examining the restorative power of love. Yanagihara touched on the broad range of themes, relationships and emotions explored in the book, as well as how her life and work influenced its complex depiction of modern life.

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Writers' Festival


  • Hanya Yanagihara

    Hanya Yanagihara was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2016. She is the author of The People in the Trees (Doubleday, 2013), which was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and A Little Life (Pan Macmillan), which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Based in New York, Yanagihara was a guest of the 2016 Sydney Writers Festival.