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Jane Smiley in Conversation

‘The piece of advice that I would give students is please your peers. Pretend to please your elders, but the people you really should please are the people your age who you want to read your books.’ – Jane Smiley

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Author Jane Smiley has been hailed as one of the Great American Novelists of the 20th century. Her remarkable career spans more than 30 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece A Thousand Acres and The Last Hundred Years trilogy.

At this exclusive in-conversation event with host David Francis, Smiley looks back on her incredible life and career and gives audience members an exciting preview of her upcoming novel, Lucky: a novel about music, womanhood and finding yourself.



This event was recorded on Wednesday 28 February 2024 at The Wheeler Centre.

The official bookseller was The Paperback Bookshop.

Featured music is ‘Traveling Again’ by Sarah, the illstrumentalist.

Together, we can change the conversation.

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