West End’s Avid Reader Bookshop and Cafe will host an author event with Nicholas John Turner this Wednesday evening as he discusses his newest fictional work, Hang Him When He Is Not There. Exploring darkly comic themes, Turner has a narrative style that is intellectually playful and keeps readers enthralled with the deep complexity and originality of the story. He is a former contributor and founder of the Match Day Burger blog – a commentary on the aesthetics of sport at a deep-rooted level. In his book, Turner departs from MDB’s lightly comedic style and takes the reader on a powerful journey around the fringes of the art world.

A local author hailing from Brisbane’s Southside, Turner writes predominantly in first person as he details the lives of characters from all walks of life – from the margins of Paris to the Carribean Coast. In lieu of traditional narrative structure, his series of intimate character profiles challenges readers to discard what they know of the fictional genre as the author unveils unsettling virtues and philosophies of the characters’ innermost thoughts.

Starting at 6pm, the Avid Reader launch will include a reading from the book and a conversation between the author and Luke Stegeman – former editor of The Adelaide Review & Melbourne Review, and current associate publisher of the Griffith Review. Hang Him When He Is Not There will be available for purchase and signing on the night and is also available on Amazon and a small collection of local bookshops around Brisbane.

You can register for the event here.

Words by Kim Hellberg
Image by Savannah van der Niet