23 - 25 October 2020

Fiction

Tayari Jones & Brit Bennett

In conversation with Ellah P. Wakatama

  • 24
  • Oct

2020

Saturday

4.00pm

Head and shoulders shot of American author Tayari Jones© Tyson Alan Horne

  • Head and shoulders shot of American author Tayari Jones

How do you live with the kind of secret that could explode someone’s entire life? In Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow Dana and her mother have always known that James, their father and husband, is a bigamist, while Dana’s half-sister Charisse and her mother are ignorant of his double life. In Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half identical twin Stella chooses to pass as white, keeping her real identity hidden from her husband and daughter, while her sister Desiree has a dark-skinned daughter whose path unexpectedly crosses Stella’s. Two brilliant books about love, family, secrets, race, class, identity and belonging, certain to generate an illuminating discussion. Tayari is the author of four novels, including An American Marriage, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Brit is the author of two novels; The Vanishing Half is longlisted for the National Book Award. They will be in conversation with Ellah P. Wakatama.

Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

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Approximate running time 60 minutes

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