Brit Bennett is an American writer based in Los Angeles. Her debut novel The Mothers (2016) was a New York Times best-seller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half (2020) was also a New York Times best-seller and was chosen as a Good Morning America Book Club selection.
A page-turning exploration of race and identity, Brit Bennett’s third novel The Vanishing Half tells the story of twin sisters who choose to live in very different worlds, one embracing her colour, the other eschewing it in favour of hiding her true background and passing for white. The screen rights to this fascinating tale have already been optioned by HBO in a seven-figure deal.
Join Brit Bennett as she joins the festival from her apartment in New York to discuss racial identity in America, turning 30 in lockdown, and how she has channeled her virus-anxiety into working.