Hari Kunzru in conversation with Nikesh Shula at Central Library

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor

Hari Kunzru in conversation with Nikesh Shukla at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 25 May 2017 Tickets from £6.00 — Book now

 

A British Indian novelist based in New York, Hari Kunzru first burst onto the literary scene in 2003 with his electrifying debut The Impressionist. Since then, he’s published the novels Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods Without Men, and the story collection Noise. A contributor to various broadsheets and magazines, he also writes widely about art, politics and literature, and has been praised by fellow authors David Mitchell and Annie Proulx.

Set in New York, Kunzru’s forthcoming novel, White Tears, is a highly original tale of two naïve, twentysomething music lovers and record collectors. Obsessed by an old blues song forgotten by history, they embark on a dark and perilous journey that takes them from secret bars and studios to the forgotten streets of Mississippi. What they discover on the way looks set to unravel everything around them.

Written in extraordinary prose, White Tears is both a ghost story, a contemporary New York noir and a homage to the blues. It’s also a powerful and deeply compelling tale of suppressed history, greed, exploitation, guilt and cultural appropriation in popular music.

Presented by Manchester Literature Festival, Hari Kunzru will be reading and discussing White Tears with novelist, short story writer and editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla.

Hari Kunzru in conversation with Nikesh Shukla at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 25 May 2017 Tickets from £6.00 Book now

Ciarán Hodgers. Photo by Wesley Storey
LiteratureManchester
Word Central at Central Library

Word Central is a long-standing live literature favourite at Central Library and features open mic performers and a special guest, brought to you by Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press.

free entry

Where to go near Hari Kunzru in conversation with Nikesh Shula at Central Library

St Peters Square Manchester
City Centre
St Peter’s Square

St Peter’s Square is a public space in Manchester – home to the city’s iconic library, town hall, Pankhurst statue, art gallery and famous Midland Hotel.

Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Brooks
City Centre
Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery

The Charles Barry-designed, Grade I-listed Manchester Art Gallery is one of the city’s leading galleries and is back open for visitors once more.

Chinatown
Hotel
The Alan

This high-end city-centre restaurant has an excellent afternoon tea option that more than matches up to the superb main menu.

Salut Wines
Chinatown
Bar or Pub
Salut Wines

Salut wines pride themselves in offering “wider horizons beyond the safe choices.” With 42 wines by the glass and a regularly changing selection of bottles in their Enomatic wine preservation machines (or  “wine jukebox,” as they’re colloquially known), this is one of be best bars in Manchester for exploring new vintages.

Manchester
Restaurant
Friska

Latest branch of Friska, the independent healthy fast food chain.

Manchester
Restaurant
Don Giovanni

Traditional Italian restaurant, serving everything from pizza to steak. All this in a large modern venue with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Chinatown
Restaurant
Manchester Art Gallery Cafe

Summery bakes, seasonal salads and fresh light meals at Manchester Art Gallery’s in-house café, courtesy of highly-regarded Head Chef Matthew Taylor.

City Centre
Tourist Attraction
Manchester Town Hall

Re-opening in 2024, Manchester Town Hall is a monument to Victorian Manchester’s ambition, and one of the city’s most-loved landmarks.

City Centre
Tourist Attraction
Albert Square

A public square in the heart of Manchester which plays hosts to festivals and major events. Home to the Albert Memorial and statues of Bishop James Fraser, John Bright, Oliver Heywood and William Ewart Gladstone.

Contemporary Six, art gallery in Manchester
City Centre
Gallery
Contemporary Six

Contemporary Six is an independent commercial art gallery in Manchester city centre, set up by Alex Reuben in 2010.

What's on: Literature

Ciarán Hodgers. Photo by Wesley Storey
LiteratureManchester
Word Central at Central Library

Word Central is a long-standing live literature favourite at Central Library and features open mic performers and a special guest, brought to you by Manchester Libraries and Flapjack Press.

free entry

Culture Guides