With more books being published now than ever before (and more authors promoting their work at literary festivals!), it can be difficult to know which titles should be picked up and which pulped. To help you decide what to read next, we’ve invited two of the finest – and funniest – critics in the literary loop to face your questions at A Question of Books with Viv Groskop & Alex Clark (6pm, Sunday 7th June, Library Gallery – £5).
Is The Miniaturist a small miracle and The Buried Giant a massive let-down?
Why is The Girl on the Train such a runaway success?
Is the winner of the Baileys or the Costa more to your taste?
Know-it-alls (and read-it-alls) Alex Clark and Viv Groskop will have the answers to these and any other bookish questions you throw at them. In return, we’ll be throwing book-shaped prizes at you – and carefully serving you a free drink on entry.
Viv Groskop has written on books and culture for The Guardian, The Observer, Evening Standard, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and is the literary editor of Red magazine.
As a comedian, Viv performed 100 gigs in 100 days (chronicled in her book I Laughed, I Cried), so she’ll have no fear when she faces the inquisition of the Stokey LitFest audience.
Alex Clark has reviewed books and interviewed authors for The Guardian, The Observer, The London Review of Books, The Sunday Times, The Times Literary Supplement and The Daily Telegraph. She was editor at Granta magazine and judged their Best of Young British Novelists 2003, as well as the Man Booker Prize in 2008.
Together, they know it all. Though do feel free to throw in a question about tanks or ice hockey if they’re getting smug.
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