D1. Curtis Sittenfeld & Maggie Shipstead

Join celebrated US authors Curtis Sittenfeld and Maggie Shipstead as they share what inspires them to tell the stories of determined, powerful and pioneering women through their fiction, with author and critic Erica Wagner.

Sittenfeld’s Rodham tells the story of a fictionalised version of Hillary Rodham, former First Lady of the United States, and how history may have been different if she had turned down Bill Clinton’s marriage proposal. Shipstead’s Great Circle, longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, weaves together the astonishing lives of a daredevil female aviator and the Hollywood actress who plays her on screen.

This event is produced by Ilkley Literature Festival and presented in partnership with Durham Book Festival and Manchester Literature Festival

Interview by author and critic, Erica Wagner.

Pioneering Women

Durham Book FestivalIlkley Literature FestivalManchester Literature Festival

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Event Details

    • Date: Friday 1st October
    • Time: 7:00 pm
  • VenueDigital Event
  • Price£5.00/£0.00 concessions

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