Manchester Literature Festival: Kazuo Ishiguro & Jackie Kay in Conversation

Kazuo Ishiguro will be in conversation to discuss his new novel Klara and the Sun


Monday 19th April, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

This event will be first broadcast at 7.30pm on Monday 19 April 2021 and available to watch for 7 days. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned.

‘Do you believe in the human heart?’ In his magnificent new novel Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro asks whether humans are unique and, if we are, what makes us so? A story of connection, understanding and hope, seen through the eyes of an Artificial Friend, it is Kazuo Ishiguro at his finest. We’re thrilled to welcome Kazuo to Manchester Literature Festival to discuss his work, his characters, and his love of music with poet and MLF Patron Jackie Kay. Kazuo is the author of eight previous books including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both of which have sold over a million copies and were made into acclaimed films. His work has been translated into over fifty foreign languages and he has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times, winning in 1989. In 2017, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for novels which ‘uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world’.

Presented by Manchester Literature Festival in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

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?