Caine Prize Writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Cherrie Kandie in Conversation with Nikesh Shukla
Sunday 30 June, Waterstones, 11A, Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD.
18:00 – 19:30
£8 / £6
This year the Caine Prize for African Writing marks its 20th anniversary, celebrating two decades of championing, developing and promoting African literature. Join Lesley Nneka Arimah and Cherrie Kandie from the 2019 Caine Prize shortlist for a rare appearance outside of London, as they join Nikesh Shukla to talk about writing, publishing and prizing.
Nikesh Shukla is the author of three novels. His latest, The One Who Wrote Destiny was published in 2018. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011, and his second novel, Meatspace, was critically acclaimed. He is the editor of the essay collection The Good Immigrant, in which 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. It was a national bestseller and won the Books Are My Bag People’s Choice Award and was shortlisted for the Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Follow up The Good Immigrant USA, which he edited with Chimene Suleyman, was published in 2019. He is also the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.
Lesley Nneka Arimah has been shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2019 with her short story, “Skinned”. Lesley’s stories have been honored with a National Magazine Award, a Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and GRANTA. She was also selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Her debut collection, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY, won the 2017 Kirkus Prize and the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, among other honors. Arimah is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing.
Cherrie Kandie has been shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2019 for her short story, “Sew My Mouth”, published inID Identity: New Short Fiction From Africa. Cherrie Kandie is a Kenyan writer and a senior at college in the United States of America. She also makes short films and enjoys dancing to Lingala (only in her room).