Open Book: Michael McGirr. Books that saved my life


What are the books that saved you from hopelessness or anguish? Or filled you with unexpected joy or brought you deeper insights?

Hear Michael McGirr discuss the books that have provided wisdom, solace and pleasure. With Bruno Lettieri.

Michael McGirr is the best-selling author of SnoozeBypass and Things You Get for Free. He is a high school teacher and has reviewed almost one thousand books. His short fiction has appeared in publications in Australia and overseas. He has been publisher of Eureka Street and fiction editor of Meanjin.

Bruno Lettieri is the go-to guy for great public conversation. Bruno founded the interview series Rotunda in the West while at Victoria University. His love of story stems from many years as a teacher. Bruno’s interviews and galleries are at

This event will be presented via Zoom. To join you will need an internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone. The Zoom meeting ID will be sent to the email address you registered with one hour prior to the start of the session. 

Photo credit (photo of Michael): Bill Spierings

How to use Zoom

On your computer

1. Click on the link in the event confirmation email you received after registering and you will be prompted to download and install Zoom.
2. Enter Meeting ID or link, and the Password in your event confirmation email.

On your tablet or smartphone
1. Download the ZOOM Cloud Meetings app from your Apple App Store or Google Play Store prior to the workshop.
2. Enter Meeting ID or link, and the Password in the event confirmation email sent to you after registering.

Need help getting started with Zoom?
Our staff can help! Call us between 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday to speak to a library staff member or contact us online.


  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM