Hachette UK will run a panel event later this month, through its Black, Asian and minority ethnic employee network THRIVE, to showcase some eagerly awaited new novelists.
The free event, which will be hosted on Zoom on 19th May from 7 p.m., will consist of three debut authors: Dawnie Walton discussing her debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (Quercus), Rahul Raina of How to Kidnap the Rich (Little, Brown) and Mateo Askaripour in discussion about Black Buck (John Murray Press). The conversation will be chaired by Sarah Shaffi, literary journalist and co-chair of BAME in Publishing, a networking group for people of colour in publishing.
“The authors will discuss their debut commercial books, each of which features highly complex characters striving for success, whether this be within music, corporate sales or Indian reality television,” Hachette said. “THRIVE is hoping to run a series of these events annually to showcase debut authors and amplify books by writers of colour."
Ebyan Egal and Joelyn Esdelle, co-chairs of THRIVE, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the THRIVE Debut event with Dawnie, Rahul and Mateo — three of the most exciting and talked about debut authors of 2021 — and we’re looking forward to discussing their books. Sarah Shaffi was the perfect chair for this talk due to her ongoing work in amplifying the works of new and diverse voices.”
Shaffi said: "Dawnie, Rahul and Mateo have written three incredible, must-read books and I can't wait to introduce audiences to their work. I know already that everyone watching will want to hear these three authors talk about their books for hours."
To register for the event, go to the Eventbrite website.