Lisa Jacobson launches The Sunlit Zone

La Trobe University’s Honorary Research Fellow and former PhD student, Dr Lisa Jacobson, will launch her verse novel, The Sunlit Zone, at Readings Bookstore on Thursday May 17. The launch speaker will be Melbourne poet and Emeritus Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe.

book coverDr Jacobson’s The Sunlit Zone was shortlisted for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

‘Being shortlisted was a great gauge of the book’s appeal, which lead to its publication this May,’ says Dr Jacobson.

Dr Jacobson's poetry and fiction have been published in London, New York and Australia, and her work is represented in Heinemann's Best Short Stories (U.K.), The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse and The Best Australian Poems 2010

She was also awarded the 2011 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize and an Australia Council grant to work on her next poetry collection.

The Sunlit Zone—published by Five Islands Press—is set on the coast of Melbourne in 2050. 

‘The novel presents a futuristic vision of Melbourne, featuring the themes of cloning, extinction, designer babies, and the impact of science and technology on our daily lives,’ says Dr Jacobson.

As well as speaking to contemporary poetry and the verse novel form, the novel sits among the current trend of futuristic, speculative and post apocalyptic works. 

‘It also explores the topic of trauma and transformation, the process of moving through grief into another register of feeling,’ she says.

‘This novel in verse, at once magical and irresistible, draws us into a vivid future. In Lisa Jacobson’s telling, the Australian fascination with salt water and sea change is made over anew. Romance holds hands with science and takes to the ocean,’ writes Chris Wallace-Crabbe.

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What: The first launch of Lisa Jacobson’s The Sunlit Zone

When: Thursday 17 May 2012 at 6:30 pm

Where: Readings Bookstore in Lygon St Carlton


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