In Conversation: Iosi Havilio & Adelle Stripe.
Monday 21st August 18:30 at Manchester - Deansgate
Waterstones Deansgate & And Other Stories are delighted to welcome Iosi Havillo to celebrate the publication of his new book, Petite Fleur.
Join us on Monday 21st August, when Iosi will be chatting with Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and A Brilliant Smile, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books.
When his fireworks factory job ends explosively and his wife returns to work, José is surprised to realise he has a talent for keeping house: childcare, tidying, cleaning, cooking, gardening, he excels at it all. On Thursdays, he hangs out and drinks good wine with his jazz-loving neighbour. But when José’s new talents take a sudden and gruesome turn, life, death, resurrection, and domesticity unexpectedly converge. In one single, hypnotic paragraph, Petite Fleur harnesses the unpredictability of Aira and the mysticism of Tolstoy in a discordant riff on suburban life.
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is inspired by the life of the Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, who was brought up on the infamous Buttershaw estate and died at a tragically young age. Adelle Stripe recreates the north of England during the Thatcher years, exploring the bittersweet physical and emotional landscapes that led to a teenage girl from a council estate becoming one of her nation’s greatest dramatists. This debut novel weaves together both real and imagined characters and creates a clear-eyed portrait of a time of intense social change.
Iosi Havilio became a cult author in Argentina after his debut novel Open Door was highly praised by the outspoken and influential writer Rodolfo Fogwill and by influential Argentine critic, Beatriz Sarlo. Petite Fleur is his fifth novel.
Adelle Stripe is the recipient of the K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction and the author of three chapbook collections of poetry, the most recent, Dark Corners of the Land, was 3:AM Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year. Her writing has featured in publications including The Guardian, Stool Pigeon, Caught by the River and Chiron Review. Her poem, 'The Humber Star', was performed at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux at Hull 2017 and was described by the FT as a work of ‘fantastic depth and poignancy.’
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