Michaela McGuire on why she's so excited to have Nana Kwame in this year's program:
"Before I started in this job, I’d feel guilty if I didn’t finish reading a book. These days, it’s the inverse: if I get 30 pages into something incredible and know I’m going to invite the author to Sydney Writers’ Festival, I feel horribly guilty for reading on. Friday Black was my biggest guilty read over the last year. The first story in Nana Kwame’s collection unfolds after a white man who decapitates five black children with a chainsaw is found innocent. It’s an eviscerating, heart-stoppingly brutal, gruesome reflection on the ways in which the US justice system is stacked against black Americans, and the ways in which we dehumanise each other."