Following her Booker Prize win last November, Bernardine Evaristo’s writing has won deserved and long-overdue acclaim across the globe. Girl, Woman, Other charts the intersecting lives of twelve characters, from a teenager working in a supermarket to a sixty-something playwright facing a career-defining moment. It is a sophisticated novel that – among other things – illuminates the complex forms discrimination can take.
The worldwide protests after the murder of George Floyd underlined the novel’s topicality and it recently became the first novel by a Black British woman to top the UK paperback fiction chart.
In this event, Evaristo discusses her work and ideas with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – a politician who has consistently championed the importance of books and reading even under the extreme stresses of leading her country through the Coronavirus crisis. Sturgeon, who recently described Evaristo as ‘one of our most compelling contemporary writers,’ takes time out from her day job to join us live in our Edinburgh studio for this very special event.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A.
Book Festival News
Friday 14 January