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Raven Leilani: Luster

25 Feb 2021 –⁠ 4 Mar 2021, 7.30pm
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Literature & poetry
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Nina Subin

The debut novel from Raven Leilani has won plaudits across the board – hear from the author in a broadcast conversation with novelist Diana Evans.

This streamed event marks the UK publication of Luster from Leilani, one of the most exciting literary talents to emerge from the US in recent years.

Edie is messing up her office job, sleeping with all the wrong men, and she has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her: painting.

Then she meets white, middle-aged archivist Eric.

As if navigating the landscape of sexual and racial politics as a Black woman wasn’t hard enough, Edie finds herself falling headfirst into Eric’s home and family in this provocative and tender novel.

Raven Leilani's work has been published in Granta, The Yale Review, The Cut and New England Review, among other publications.

Leilani is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, and she is the recipient of the 2020 Kirkus Prize and Center For Fiction first novel prize.

Luster is her first novel.

This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

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Age recommendation

For ages 16+

This event is Captioned.

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Copies of Raven Leilani’s new book, Luster, are available for purchase within the UK for £14.99. The books are sent out by Foyles via post (postage is included in the price).

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Dates & times

First broadcast: available from 7.30pm on Thu 25 Feb and for seven days on demand.


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