We're thrilled to announce that we will be welcoming not one, but two 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners to the Sydney Writers' Festival in May. In a ceremony at Columbia University in New York overnight, Colson Whitehead was named the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his extraordinary work The Underground Railroad, while Hisham Matar's memoir of his father The Return was announced as the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Colson Whitehead will be appearing at three events at the Sydney Writers' Festival. In a banner event, Colson will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul — don't miss the chance to hear from the author about how this luminous and wildly inventive book came to be. He'll also be joining George Saunders and Mona Chalabi to talk about the state of play in the US in American Carnage, and discussing the gathering momentum of black nerd culture with Roxane Gay, Nayuka Gorrie and Miranda Tapsell in Blerd Culture.
Hisham Matar will share his extraordinary life and work at four events in this year's Festival. He'll sit down with Fairfax literary editor Jason Steger to discuss his unflinching memoir The Return, and appear as part of an all-star panel alongside Ian Rankin, Hannah Kent, Robert Dessaix and Joy Williams in SWF Gala: Origin Story to reveal the books that shaped him.
Hisham will also address the challenges and consequences of writing from life at A Murderer in the Family, and address the value of art in today's turbulent political and social climate at Resist! alongside Nadja Spiegelman and Teen Vogue's Elaine Welteroth.
Browse the full 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival program here.