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5671015An evening with Jesmyn Ward
DateTuesday 24th April 2018
DescriptionJesmyn Ward is the first female author to have won the National Book Award for Fiction twice: for Salvage the Bones in 2011, and in 2017 for her harrowing, essential novel for our times Sing, Unburied, Sing. Waterstones Piccadilly are delighted to be welcoming Jesmyn in store for an evening of discussion with Sarah Churchwell.'This wrenching new novel by Jesmyn Ward digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare. A must.' - Margaret AtwoodKnown for her distinctive, lyrical, political style, Jesmyn is one of the most critically acclaimed authors working in the U.S. today. Her latest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. It brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America, in mythic prose reminiscent of William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. An intimate portrait of a family, and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power and limitations of family bonds. 'A powerfully alive novel haunted by ghosts; a road trip where people can go but they can never leave; a visceral and intimate drama that plays out like a grand epic,Sing, Unburied, Singis staggering' - Marlon James, Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2015The Fire This Time: A New Generation Talks about Race, edited by Jesmyn, is also released in April. From Claudia Rankine to Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Jericho Brown to Carol Anderson, The Fire This Time wrestles with the struggles the U.S. faces today, considering the black experience in modern America. Envisioned as a response to The Fire Next Time, James Baldwins seminal 1963 essay collection, this urgent and impassioned work further cements Jesmyns position as one of Americas greatest writers.Sarah Churchwell will be chairing the evenings discussion with Jesmyn. Sarah is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her new book, Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2018.Please join us for what promises to be a truly fantastic evening.//
Time(s)Apr 24, 6.30pm
LocationWaterstones Piccadilly
Price£5 (£3.00), Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling.If you are unable to attend an event we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications.All signings (unless otherwise stated) operate on a first come first served basis, so early arrival is often recommended.
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