Join acclaimed writers Nickolas Butler and Willy Vlautin as they discuss their brand-new novels, which both reflect on American society with empathy and grit.
In Godspeed by Nickolas Butler, Bart, Teddy and Cole have been best friends since childhood. Having founded their own construction company, they yearn to build a legacy. So, when a mysterious millionaire lawyer from California approaches them with a stunning, almost formidable project in the mountains above their town, the three friends convince themselves it’s the job which will secure their future. With the lines between ambition and greed more slippery and dangerous than the three friends ever imagined, how far will they push themselves to achieve their dream?
Between looking after her brother, working two low-paid jobs, and trying to take part-time college classes, Lynette is dangerously tired. Every penny she’s earned for years, she’s put into savings, trying to scrape together enough to take out a mortgage on the house she rents with her mother. But when the plan is derailed, Lynette must embark on a desperate odyssey of hope and anguish. The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin holds up a mirror to a society which leaves too many people only a step away from falling between the cracks.
Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North.
This pre-recorded event is available to ticket holders to watch on demand until 31 October
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