6.30 p.m., Bloomsbury House
2019 sees the publication of Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes which present masters of the short story form. Join us for a conversation with prize-winning author Sarah Hall and Gaby Wood, the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, and curator of the Faber Stories series. They will discuss the art of the short story in the context of Sarah Hall’s work, the freedoms and constraints of the form and their enduring appeal.
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. Twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, she is the award-winning author of five novels and two short-story collections:The Beautiful Indifference, which won the Edge Hill and Portico prizes, and Madame Zero, winner of the East Anglian Book Award and the 2018 Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Award, and a Guardian and Sunday Times Book of the Year 2017. She is currently the only author to be three times shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, winning it in 2013 with ‘Mrs Fox’. Her third collection of stories Sudden Traveller will be published by Faber in 2019.
Gaby Wood is a writer and the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, where her role includes the annual selection of Man Booker Prize judges. She was Head of Books at the Telegraphfor five years, and a feature writer and editor at the Observer for 15 years, reporting for almost half of that time from New York. She has written for a number of other publications, including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Granta, US Vogue and the New York Times, to which she has also contributed photographs. Living Dolls, her book about the history of automata, was published by Faber in 2001.
Faber Stories is a landmark series of individual volumes, specially commissioned and designed to celebrate Faber’s 90th anniversary. This selection has been put together in collaboration with Gaby Wood.
‘Each of these stories offers a different answer to the question of what it means to be a master of the form, and the associations between them have given this set its shape. However, anyone scanning its titles will see that there’s room for many more.’ Gaby Wood