Literature Events; Southbank Centre & Online; £7.50
Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro in conversation (5 April)
Father and daughter Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro make a rare public appearance to discuss their newly published novels and writing across the generations. Coming together for the first time ever for a joint event, Kazuo Ishiguro and Naomi Ishiguro reflect on the universal questions their novels explore, from what it means to love, to what we owe each other in friendship and loyalty, in conversation with broadcaster Razia Iqbal.
One of the most anticipated publications of the year, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro is his first novel since winning the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. It tells the story of an ‘Artificial Friend’ of exceptional observational abilities, who awaits selection by a human companion.
Naomi Ishiguro’s debut novel Common Ground champions the principles of solidarity and friendship across cultural boundaries. Posing timely questions about the erosion of public space, and who the actual land of England belongs to, it tells the story of a friendship between two characters from very different backgrounds.
Olivia Laing: Everybody (30 April)
In an exclusive streamed event, author Olivia Laing discusses her new work of non-fiction, Everybody; a book about liberation and the body.
Laing uses the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to chart the long struggle for bodily freedom, and grapples with the legacy of some of the most compelling figures of the past century, including Nina Simone, Susan Sontag and Malcolm X.
At a moment in which basic rights are increasingly under threat, Olivia Laing draws on her own experience of protest and alternative medicine to investigate the body and its discontents. In this event, Laing reflects on and celebrates the ways ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.
Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation (6 May)
In an exclusive streamed event, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri discusses her latest novel,Whereabouts, ahauntingportraitofawomanonthecuspofchange.
Tracing the steps, observations and conversations of a woman in a beautiful and lonely Italian city, Whereabouts is a dazzling evocation of a place. A work of rare artistry, the novel which was first written in Italian and then translated by the author herself brims with the impulse to transcend boundaries.
In this event, Lahiri reads from and reflects on Whereabouts, and takes the audience through the journey of translating it herself.