Spike Island

Han Kang The White BookReading and Conversation with Max Porter

Date

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 6.30–8pm

Admission

£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates

This event is now fully booked

Event type

Talks

We celebrate the publication of Han Kang's The White Book, including a reading and discussion with Han Kang and Granta senior editor Max Porter.

From the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for The Vegetarian, South Korean author Han Kang’s The White Book is a meditation on a colour, on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction. Written while on a writer’s residency in Warsaw, a city palpably scarred by the violence of the past, the narrator finds herself haunted by the story of her older sister, who died a mere two hours after birth.

A limited number of copies of The White Book are available to purchase for £10 from our bookshop and Han Kang will be signing copies at this event.

In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas

Han Kang

Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated into English, was published by Portobello Books in 2015 and won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. She is also the author of Human Acts (Portobello, 2016) and The White Book (Portobello, forthcoming 2017). She is based in Seoul.

Max Porter

Max Porter is a senior editor at Granta Books and Portobello Books. He previously managed an independent bookshop and won the Young Bookseller of the Year award. He lives in South London with his wife and children. Grief is the Thing with Feathers is his first book.


Supported by
  • Bristol Festival of Ideas