It’s 10 years since Roxane Gay published her essay collection Bad Feminist, in which she humorously picked apart what it means to be a card-carrying feminist as well as someone who loves rom-coms, hip-hop and the teen fiction series Sweet Valley High.

After a decade of writing fiction and cultural criticism across topics such as body image, civil rights and pop culture, Gay’s latest book is a collection of non-fiction essays called Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business.

This August, the New York Times-bestselling author is coming to Australia to take part in two festivals – Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) and Melbourne’s Now or Never. Gay will give a keynote at FODI on “what it takes to be a serial dissenter in the age of tribal warfare”, as well as joining other panel discussions. In Melbourne, she’ll join Jan Fran on stage at Melbourne Town Hall to talk about holding complicated views in complicated times.

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Roxane Gay’s talk in Melbourne is on Tuesday August 27, presented by the Wheeler Centre and Now or Never. Tickets are now on sale.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas runs from August 24 to 25. The full program will be announced on Tuesday June 25. General release tickets are on sale from June 26.

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