Join Miriam Toews and Laura Bates at Bloomsbury House for a discussion centred on the themes of Miriam’s new novel, Women Talking, chaired by Anita Sethi. Covering a range of topics including female voices in literature, the male gaze and the sexual politics of gender, it is set to be a fascinating discussion.
Women Talking is the eagerly anticipated new novel from award-winning author Miriam Toews. It is a profound and virtuosic fictional response to the so-called ‘ghost rapes of Bolivia’: a series of violent sexual assaults on over a hundred girls and women in a remote religious Mennonite colony. Women Talking is an arresting exploration of trauma, silence and power in an oppressively imbalanced society. Miriam Toews has written six bestselling novels, including A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth and All My Puny Sorrows, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Governor General’s Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (twice) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Toews will be in conversation with Laura Bates, journalist, author and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project – a collection of over 100,000 individual testimonies of gender inequality. Bates is the author of Everyday Sexism, shortlisted as Waterstones Book of the Year in 2014, and Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up (2016) and is a regular commentator for the Guardian, the Independent and the New York Times. A key modern voice on gender, both on and offline, Laura was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She is the author of two books published this year, Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism and Letters to the Future: On Gender and Equality.
The event will be chaired by Anita Sethi. Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including The Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, i paper, Times Literary Supplement, Granta, The Pool, New Statesman and appeared on BBC radio. She has interviewed many writers, musicians and artists, appeared at festivals around the world, and is a Judge of the Costa Book Awards 2018. She has been published in several anthologies, is forthcoming in Women on Nature, Common People and Three Things I’d Tell My Younger Self and is currently completing a book.