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February 11, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Manifesto: A Virtual Afternoon with Bernardine Evaristo, April Dobbins and Brickell Literary Society


February 11, 2022
1:00 pm

Brickell Literary Society and Books & Books present…

A Virtual Afternoon with Bernardine Evaristo

in conversation with April Dobbins


Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

(Grove Press, $27)

Friday, February 11, 1 PM ET | On Crowdcast


The Brickell Literary Society (BLS) has been hosting killer literary lunches for over 20 years. Each season of Brickell Literary Society brings a wonderful variety of acclaimed authors speaking on topics of great relevance and interest. Members enjoy the author’s talk and a question-and-answer dialogue in an intimate setting. They also receive a copy of the author’s book. Our events have been virtual for the past few season’s but we hope to go back to in-person just as soon as Covid allows.

Normally, this event with Bernardine Evaristo would only be available to BLS members. However, with this exclusive opportunity, BLS is offering non-members the opportunity to get a taste of what a Brickell Literary Society experience entails. Just this once, BLS will open their Bernardine Evaristo virtual afternoon to non-members who wish to purchase a ticket below.

**Please Note: If you are already a member of the Brickell Literary Society, there is no need to purchase a ticket to this event. Your name will automatically be registered to watch this event as part of your existing membership and you will receive a copy of MANIFESTO shipped to you. This is a special opportunity for non-members to participate in one of BLS’ events.


About the Book:

From the bestselling and Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism

Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British person ever to win the prize in its fifty-year history. Girl, Woman, Other was named a favorite book of the year by President Obama and Roxane Gay, was translated into thirty-five languages, and has now reached more than a million readers.

Evaristo’s astonishing nonfiction debut, Manifesto, is a vibrant and inspirational account of Evaristo’s life and career as she rebelled against the mainstream and fought over several decades to bring her creative work into the world. With her characteristic humor, Evaristo describes her childhood as one of eight siblings, with a Nigerian father and white Catholic mother, tells the story of how she helped set up Britain’s first Black women’s theatre company, remembers the queer relationships of her twenties, and recounts her determination to write books that were absent in the literary world around her. She provides a hugely powerful perspective to contemporary conversations around race, class, feminism, sexuality, and aging. She reminds us of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. In Manifesto, Evaristo charts her theory of unstoppability, showing creative people how they too can visualize and find success in their work, ignoring the naysayers.

Both unconventional memoir and inspirational text, Manifesto is a unique reminder to us all to persist in doing work we believe in, even when we might feel overlooked or discounted. Evaristo shows us how we too can follow in her footsteps, from first vision, to insistent perseverance, to eventual triumph.


About the Author:

BERNARDINE EVARISTO is the 2019 winner of the Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, which was a national bestseller and a winner and finalist for many awards including the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Dublin Literary Award. Evaristo is the author of seven other books that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her writing spans verse fiction, short fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, and drama. Evaristo is President of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, and an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. She received an OBE in 2020, and lives in London with her husband. Her most recent book is Manifesto: On Never Giving Up.

About the Moderator: 

APRIL DOBBINS is a writer, filmmaker, and educator based in Miami. Through her role as Programming Director at Coral Gables Art Cinema, she connects local communities to films from around the world. Currently a master’s candidate at Harvard where she studies Arts in Education, April received her M.F.A. in Motion Pictures at the University of Miami. She worked in higher education for 15 years, serving as a program director, writer, and film lecturer. Her creative work has received support from Sundance Institute, Knight Foundation, Firelight Media, International Documentary Association, Oolite Arts, and many others.


Ticket Guidelines:

  • Tier 1: U.S. GA (Includes book and U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one non-member of BLS into the virtual event with Bernardine Evaristo and includes (1) one copy of Manifesto: On Never Giving Up (Grove Press, $27 + tax and fee). Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book. When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

  • Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.