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Saturday, November 21, 2020

In conversation with... Elif Shafak

Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into more than 50 languages.


Hailed as ‘one of the most important writers at work today’ (The Independent) and with fans including Professor Mary Beard and the First Minister of Scotland, Elif Shafak's most recent novel, Ten Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World, was shortlisted for last year's Booker Prize. 

Elif Shafak holds a Ph.D. in political science and is an advocate for women's rights, for LGBT rights and for freedom of speech. She joins the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP to discuss her latest non-fiction book, How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division.

The ninety-page book written during the pandemic, reflects on this particular time of political polarization, anger and apathy. In a powerful, uplifting plea for conscious optimism, the author draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to bring us together. In the process, she reveals how listening to each other can nurture democracy, empathy and our faith in a kinder and wiser future.

The event is run in partnership with Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation.

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