STILL BORN – Guadalupe Nettel in conversation with Katie da Cunha Lewin

  • DATE

    30 August 2022

  • TIME

    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome

  • PRICE

    £3 (or free when pre-ordering the book)

We’re delighted to be welcoming Guadalupe Nettel to Manchester to discuss her latest novel STILL BORN. Translated by Rosalind Harvey, it’s an incredible exploration of motherhood and the expectations placed on women by society. Guadalupe will be in conversation with Katie da Cunha Lewin.

About the book:

Still Born, Guadalupe Nettel’s fourth novel, explores one of life’s most consequential decisions – whether or not to have children – with her signature charm and intelligence. Alina and Laura are independent and career-driven women in their mid-thirties, neither of whom have built their future around the prospect of a family. Laura has taken the drastic decision to be sterilized, but as time goes by Alina becomes drawn to the idea of becoming a mother. When complications arise in Alina’s pregnancy and Laura becomes attached to her neighbour’s son, both women are forced to reckon with the complexity of their emotions. In prose that is as gripping as it is insightful, Guadalupe Nettel explores maternal ambivalence with a surgeon’s touch, carefully dissecting the contradictions that make up the lived experiences of women.

About the author:

Guadalupe Nettel was born in Mexico and grew up between Mexico and France. She is the author of the international award winning novels El huésped [The Guest] (2006), The Body Where I Was Born (2011), After the Winter (2014, Herralde Novel Prize) and Still Born (2020) and three collections of short stories, all published by Anagrama, the most prestigious of all Spanish-language publishing houses. Her work has been translated into more than fifteen languages and has appeared in publications such as Granta, The White Review, El País, the New York Times, La Repubblica and La Stampa. She currently lives in Mexico City where she’s the director of the magazine Revista de la Universidad de México.

Katie da Cunha Lewin is a Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century Literature at Coventry University. Her essays and reviews have been published widely, and she is currently working on a nonfiction book about writing rooms.

Doors: 18.30, event starts: 18.45

Tickets are £3.00 or free when pre-ordering a copy of the book. STILL BORN will also be available to purchase on the night and Guadalupe will be signing copies after the talk. If you would like a signed copy but cannot make the event, please contact us on 0161 274 3331 or manchester@blackwell.co.uk and we can arrange this for you.