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Two brilliant writers and thinkers discuss love, meaning and faith. Join Sasha Sagan (Boston) and Sarah Krasnostein (Melbourne) for a conversation about how we understand the world we live in and the traditions and rituals we use to make sense of our lives.


Sasha Sagan holds a degree in Dramatic Literature from NYU. She has worked as a television producer, filmmaker, editor, and speaker in New York, Boston and London, and her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, O. the Oprah Magazine, Literary Hub, Mashable.com, The Violet Book, and elsewhere. For Small Creatures Such as We is her first book.



Sasha Sagan’s parents were the late great astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan and award winning science writer/producer Ann Druyan. Carl Sagan was the grandson of Orthodox Jews, but Sasha’s parents taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty and that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable. When Sasha became a mother, she began her own hunt for the meaning of rituals in her life and wondered what rituals and traditions she wanted her daughter to grow up with.

Part memoir, part guidebook and part social history, ‘For Small Creatures Such as We’ is a celebration of the mystery and beauty of the Cosmos.


Sarah Krasnostein is a writer. She is admitted to legal practice in Australia and America, and holds a doctorate in criminal law. She is the best-selling author of The Trauma Cleaner, which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non- Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction and the Dobbie Literary Award, among others. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and academic journals in Australia, the UK and America.


Sarah Krasnostein’s The Believer’ chronicles her interviews with people from all walks of life about the beliefs that shape their reality, from those who believe in UFOs and the supernatural, in heaven and the devil, to scientists who believe in the literal creation of the universe in six days. In this intensely personal and gorgeously written new book, Krasnostein talks with her characteristic compassion and empathy to these believers – and explores

what happens their beliefs crash into her own.



Join Sasha Sagan (Boston) and Sarah Krasnostein (Melbourn) in conversation live via zoom + Q&A – Sunday August 15th 10am AEST



PRAISE for Sasha Sagan’s ‘For Small Creatures Such as We’

“How often have you asked yourself: What is the meaning of life? Sasha Sagan finds its meaning everywhere—with her family, around the world, and especially among the stars of the cosmos. Read her work; you’ll have a deeper appreciation for your every step, every bite, and every breath.”
— Bill Nye, author of Everything All At Once


PRAISE for Sarah Krasnostein’s ‘The Believer’

‘This book has got me thinking far more than most. Sarah Krasnostein tells the stories of people who live in mindsets unfamiliar to her with compassion and respect… Krasnostein’s art is that she never places herself on the throne of judgment…The result is both beautiful and unpredictable. Krasnostein is neither naïve nor cynical. She is an existential adventurer.’

Sydney Morning Herald

Sasha’s and Sarah’s books are available from Gertrude and Alice, the official SJWF book seller. You can order online here https://www.gertrudeandalice.com.au/product-category/sjwf/ or by calling 02 9130 5155