A fully up to date listing of where you can meet Portobello Books authors in the coming months.


25/05/2017, 18:30
An Evening with Mariana Enriquex and Samanta Scheblin
Join us for an evening to hear from two of the finest authors working in the Spanish language today. Mariana Enriquez's Things We Lost In the Fire are a literary landmark to have recently come out of Argentina. These stories are fraught with violence and corruption, musing on desire, deception and the remnants of a dictatorship. Samanta Schweblin's Fever Dream has recently been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction and has been heralded as a haunting, modern parable
London, UK, Waterstone's Islington, 11 Islington Green, London, N1 2XH

From Man Booker-shortlisted writer Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a gripping evocation of one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy. Described as 'moving and extraordinary' by The Guardian, it tells the story of a mother and daughter who open their home to a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests.
Norwich, UK, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR1 3BF

26/05/2017, 12:30
We welcome two of Mexico's finest journalists - Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández - to talk about their international campaigns to lay bare the shocking corruption and violence of their government. Cacho and Hernandez's determination to change the world's view of Mexico and heal the country's many sorrows draws strong parallels with Harriet Martineau, who wrote openly against discrimination, slavery and corruption in Britain and the US.
Norwich, UK, The Adnams Spiegeltent, Norwich

26/05/2017, 19:00
The Sorrows of Mexico: Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernandez in Conversation
Over the last twelve years, as Mexico has become the epicentre of the international drug trade, more than one hundred journalists, a generation of writers, has been killed or disappeared. And not a single culprit has been jailed. There are vast areas of the country where no-one now dares to report from - and without a free press, there can be no democracy. The Sorrows of Mexico is a collection of essays from the leading writer-journalists of Mexico, each one concentrating on a single issue among the many which afflict their country. So - in the words of Lydia Cacho, Anabel Hernández, Juan Villoro, Diego Enrique Osorno, Elena Poniatowska, Sergio González Rodríguez and Marcela Turati - this will be a crucial testimony and proof of the bravest voices in a country which needs this courage to denounce the depth and range of corruption and violence. The contribution of each writer consists of a new essay along with passages of previously untranslated text. We will be joined by two of the book's contributors, Anabel Hernandez and Lydia Cacho, who will discuss their experiences as female journalists working in one of the most hostile environments for human rights reporting. Speakers: Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist, author and a feminist activist against violence. Ms. Cacho herself has been imprisoned for her work and has put her life on the line on behalf of women and children in Mexico. As a consequence of her unwavering defense of human rights and journalistic freedom, her own life has been repeatedly threatened. Despite these dangers, she continues to champion the advancement of human rights. Anabel Hernández is one of the most important journalists in Mexico. She bravely confronted narcotic gangs and state corruption often at a great risk to herself and her family. She is the author of many books including Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers; La IRA de Mexico: Siete Voces Contra La Impunidad and most recently La Verdadera Noche de Iguala: La Historia Que El Gobierno Quiso Ocultar, an investigation into the disappearance of students in Iguala.
London, UK, 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ

26/05/2017, 19:30 - 22:00
Volcano Fridays: An Evening with Wioletta Greg
Wales PEN Cymru and Swansea University's Cross-Language Dynamics research project present: Volcano Fridays Volcano Fridays is welcomes Wioletta Greg, author of the Man Booker International-longlisted Swallowing Mercury, for an evening of readings, conversation, music and food.
Swansea, UK, 27-29 High St, Swansea, SA1 1LG

27/05/2017, 11:00 - 12:00
Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández In Conversation
Over the last twelve years Mexico has become the epicentre of the international drug trade, and more than one hundred journalists have been killed or have disappeared while investigating corruption and criminality. There now are vast areas of the country from which no-one dares to report - and, without a free press, there can be no democracy. Renowned journalists Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández (pictured) lay bare the issues which afflict Mexico, exploring the depth and range of corruption and violence in the country.
Bristol, UK, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

27/05/2017, 12:00 - 13:00
When the Big Bang Went Pop: Popular Science Writing Panel with Oliver Morton
Popular science writing: what it tells us and what it can't, with BBC presenter and author Timandra Harkness, award-winning authors Oliver Morton and Dr Roberto Trotta, and string-theory expert Professor Joseph Conlon. Is it possible to explain complex ideas (eg quantum mechanics) to a general readership? Does popular science leading to an expectation of scientific success that is difficult to satisfy? (Beagle on Mars, medical cures for cancer/dementia/etc) Have popular-science communicators failed? (some surveys show half of Britons don't accept evolution).
Greenwich, UK, Old Royal Naval College, Barrington Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Building, London, SE10 9NN

28/05/2017, 14:30
Madeleine Thien talks to Jemimah Steinfeld
A conversation with the Canadian novelist whose Do Not Say We Have Nothing was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker, and who is now publishing her early novel Certainty. Her humane and exacting writing often explores the Asian diaspora. She has won many awards including the Governor General's Award and The Giller Prize. She talks to the deputy editor of Index on Censorship who has reported from and written extensively on China.
Hay Festival, UK, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD

28/05/2017, 12:00
In The History Thieves, former investigative journalist for The Guardian Ian Cobain uses previously unseen material and rigorous research to demonstrate how successive governments have developed a culture of secrecy in Britain. From unreported wars fought during the 1960s and 70s, to convenient loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act, this event will question what you thought you understood about the workings of the state, and our nation's culture and past
Norwich, UK, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR1 3BF

28/05/2017, 17:30
Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood
Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people - the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive - become the 'disappeared', leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as 'not located'. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the 'disappearance'" of 43 students. Cacho describes what it's like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.
Hay Festival, UK


2017 ECONOMICS & DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT FOCUS? Katrine Marçal speaks at Off Grid Sessions
Katrine Marçal is a Swedish economist, writer and journalist who has served as chief editorialist of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet where she wrote on Swedish and international financial politics and feminism. Katrine wrote Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner and will be talking about the relationship between economics and patriarchy. Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, believed that our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, economics focuses on self-interest and excludes our other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking and its influence has spread from the market to how we shop, think and date. Katrine journeys from Adam Smith's dinner table to the recent financial crisis and shows us how different and how much better things could be.
Essex, UK

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