Brit Bennett discusses her New York Times bestseller The Vanishing Half, a tale of twin sisters who live with different racial identities. / Pléann Brit Bennett a leabhar, The Vanishing Half, scéal faoi chúpla deirfiúracha a bhfuil féiniúlachtaí ciníocha éagsúla acu.

Date: Sunday 22 November
Time: 5.00pm to 5.40pm IST/GMT

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. 

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal

“A story of absolute, universal timelessness …For any era, it’s an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it’s piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be….”

Brit Bennett joins us 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. 

Brit Bennett was born and raised in southern California. She attended Stanford University and earned an MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her acclaimed first novel, The Mothers, was published in 2016.

ONLINE – Date: Sunday 22 November Time: 5.00pm to 5.40pm IST/GMT