23 - 25 October 2020


Jhumpa Lahiri & Kamila Shamsie in Conversation

  • 20
  • May




until 8.45pm

Headshot of author Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Headshot of author Jhumpa Lahiri

First broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 May 2021 and available to watch until 11 June. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned.

‘I’m both ablaze with energy and sapped of it.’ In Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri’s stunning new novel, an unnamed woman, in an unnamed Italian city, assesses her daily life. Her friends, her work, her lovers, and the shadow of her father’s unexpected death. We’re delighted to welcome Jhumpa to Manchester Literature Festival to discuss her first novel to be written in Italian and translated into English by the author herself.

Jhumpa is the author of four works of fiction, including Unaccustomed Earth, Interpreter of Maladies and The Lowland which was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is also the editor and one of the translators of The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories which brings together forty writers that reflect over a hundred years of Italy's vibrant and diverse short story tradition. Jhumpa will be in conversation with novelist and MLF Patron Kamila Shamsie. Kamila is the acclaimed author of seven novels including Home Fire, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The event is presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

Tickets are Pay What You Can £6 / £12 / £20.

You can buy Whereabouts and other #MLF21 Spring titles directly from our bookshop partner Waterstones HERE.

The Festival will receive a commission on every book sold to help support future programming.