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A Night in With Ayana Mathis

A Night in With Ayana Mathis

Join acclaimed American storyteller and bestselling author, Ayana Mathis to celebrate the publication of The Unsettled – an explosive and vital story of belonging, legacy and survival. 

From the moment Ava Carson and her ten-year-old son, Toussaint, arrive at the Glenn Avenue family shelter in Philadelphia in 1985, Ava is already plotting a way out. Estranged from her own mother, Dutchess, and their home in Bonaparte, Alabama, Ava is determined to give her son the chance of a better life. 

But when Toussaint’s father, Cass, reappears, Ava is swept off course by his charisma and his bold vision for racial justice. As Ava becomes more enmeshed with Cass and the radical group he has created, Toussaint begins to sense the danger and threat of violence simmering all around him. He begins to dream of Dutchess and Bonaparte, his home and birthright, but can he find his way there? 

In this exclusive event, Ayana will be joined in conversation by author Tayari Jones, to share how The Unsettled studies the conflicts between circumstances and personalities, between dreams and survivals and between the indifference of the world at large and the passions of individuals.  

“Poignant, heartbreaking... Mathis skilfully and subtly drops allusions to historical events, sending the reader on a kind of intellectual treasure hunt.” The New York Times Book Review 


The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of The Unsettled (RRP £18.99) deliverable to any UK or international address. 

The event will initially be broadcast on 21 May at 6.30pm UK time. It will be available to view up to two weeks after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for two weeks. 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 

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