Please note: this event was originally scheduled to take place at St. Joseph's College but will now take place virtually via Zoom.
Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 PM
Bernardine Evaristo presents Manifesto: On Never Giving Up
In conversation with Rumaan Alam
Part of the Brooklyn Voices Series
Tickets $5 (access only), $30 (book bundled for pickup) or $35 (book bundled for shipping)
Join Greenlight Bookstore and St. Joseph’s College as we welcome award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo for the virtual aunch of her new memoir, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, as part of the Brooklyn Voices series. In Evaristo’s nonfiction debut, she offers readers an intimate and inspirational account of her life and career as she rebelled against the mainstream to fight to bring her creative work into the world. In her 40+ years of centering the stories and histories of Black Britons, Evaristo refused to let any barriers stand in her way. In conversation with bestselling author Rumaan Alam, Evaristo will discuss her theory of unstoppability, which helped her chart a path as a young actor and playwright in London, through political awakenings and activism, and ultimately led to her fierce determination to tell stories that were absent in the literary world around her. Don’t miss this evening of celebrating the power of resilience—and the importance of persisting in the work you believe in—with one of the most talented and inspirational writers working today.
All tickets include access to the live online event; book-bundled tickets include a hardcover copy of Manifesto. Note pickup and shipping options when purchasing tickets (shipping available within the US only).
Bernardine Evaristo is the 2019 winner of the Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, and the author of seven other books that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her writing spans the genres of verse fiction, short fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, journalism, and radio and theater drama. Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, and Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature, and was named an OBE in 2020. She lives in London with her husband.
Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and New York Times bestseller Leave the World Behind. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Bookforum, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He studied writing at Oberlin College and lives in New York with his family.
Bernardine Evaristo photo credit: Jennie Scott