Melissa Fagan at Brisbane Square Library

Melissa Fagan at Brisbane Square Library

Brisbane Square Library is hosting an event with Melissa Fagan, Sunday 10 February 11am-12noon as she discusses her book, What Will Be worn: A McWhirters Story, about the iconic department store in Fortitude Valley. For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon.

For Melissa Fagan, it is also the starting point for this remarkable exploration of her mother and grandmother’s lives, and a poignant reminder of the ways in which retail stores and fashion have connected women’s lives across decades. Behind the dusty shop counters of an Art Deco treasure, Fagan discovers both what has been lost and continues to shine. Ultimately this tender exploration of self and family, so exquisitely written, speaks of the ways in which life so often surprises us and of how the legacies of others can truly enrich our own relationships and lives. Melissa Fagan will share her research and discoveries in writing What Will Be Worn: A McWhirters Story in this engaging talk.

To reserve your place, visit eventbrite.com.au or phone the Brisbane Square library on 3403 4166 to book your seats.

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