Exclusive virtual book signing with Kazuo Ishiguro

To celebrate the publication of Klara and the Sun, the first novel from Kazuo Ishiguro since he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Waterstones are proud to present a unique opportunity to meet the author for a virtual signing


Monday 1st March, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

  • Book signing
  • Online event


About the Event

To celebrate the publication of Klara and the Sun, the first novel from Kazuo Ishiguro since he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Waterstones are proud to present a unique opportunity to meet the author for a virtual signing, with personal dedications, and to hear a special reading from the new book.

The novel tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

A thrilling feat of world-building, a novel of exquisite tenderness and impeccable restraint, Klara and the Sun is a magnificent achievement, and an international literary event. 

Please note that tickets for this event require a UK postal address. Please do not purchase a ticket if you do not have a valid UK postal address as you will not receive the book and may still be charged. Books will be posted via Royal Mail after the event.

This event begins on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date on the device of your choice.

The event continues on Streamyard which works on Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Opera. Chrome is recommended for the best experience.

Terms & Conditions

  • Tickets allow you access to a virtual signing with Kazuo Ishiguro and are sold on first-come first-served basis on completion of registration and payment
  • There are 100 places available. One ticket and one book per customer
  • Tickets cannot be resold or transferred. Any tickets advertised for resale will be voided. Waterstones reserves the right to refuse admission
  • Any unacceptable behaviour during the signing may result in expulsion from the event
  • You will have an opportunity to speak with Kazuo Ishiguro ahead of the publication of his new novel Klara and the Sun and receive a personalised signed book
  • You will have roughly one minute to speak with Kazuo Ishiguro and are welcome to screengrab a 'selfie' with the author
  • The event will be recorded. By attending this event, you agree to be photographed/filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials
  • Books will be posted after the event via Royal Mail
  • If no dedication is specified, ticket holders will receive a plain signed edition. 
  • Ticket holders will be sent a link to join the event waiting room. Here they will be able to view an exclusive recording of Kazuo Ishiguro reading from Klara and the Sun
  • Ticket holders will be prompted to join Ishiguro via a personalised link. As with in-person signings, please do expect an element of waiting
  • Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter


About the Book

Klara and the Sun
Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher:Faber & Faber

Publication date:2 Mar 2021


4.22 out of 5
12 reviews
"e has always written with intelligence and charm. He still does."
The Scotsman
"a very moving love story that asks terrifying questions about the impact of big data on human identity"
Daily Mail
"Klara and the Sun is about learning to love"
The Spectator
"Kazuo Ishiguro uses poignant understatement to explore AI, loneliness and privilege"
Irish Times
"People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love."
The Guardian
"a vision of humanity which — while not exactly optimistic — is tender, touching and true."
The Times
"“Klara and the Sun” complements his brilliant vision, though it doesn’t reach the artistic heights of his past achievements"
The New York Times
"Klara and the Sun confirms Ishiguro as a master prose stylist"
Evening Standard
"Despite its memorable main character, Klara and the Sun feels in the end like a novel that’s rather too full of unfired guns"
The Daily Telegraph
"This tale of a young girl’s robot is classic Ishiguro — oblique and deeply poignant"
The Sunday Times

AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW From the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of Never Let me Go and The Remains of the Day, a stunning new novel - his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature - that asks, what does it mean to love?