Granite Noir 2024: Missing Girls
Chaired by Alex Clark
Jasmine Yang thought her daughter had died but in Jean Kwok’s The Leftover Woman we meet two women in a divided city, separated by wealth and culture, yet bound together by their love for the same child. In Emma Christie’s In Her Shadow a local teenage girl goes missing, Dave is suddenly a suspect. Will he find this girl? And just how is she linked to the secret he’s been keeping all these years?
Two missing girls, two very different searches, both full of twists and mystery.
About the Speakers
Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown and Searching for Sylvie Lee, which was a Read with Jenna Today Show Pick. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honours, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.
Emma Christie was born and raised in a book-filled house in Cumnock, an Ayrshire coal-mining town. She spent five years working as a news reporter with one of the UK’s top-selling regional daily newspapers, The Press and Journal.
She lives in Barcelona with her girlfriend, Maria Jose, and their campervan, Jarry. Emma can be found across social media at @theemmachristie and at emmachristiewriter.com
Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster. A co-host of Graham Norton’s Book Club, she is also a regular on Radio 4 and writes on a wide range of subjects for the Guardian, the Observer, the Irish Times and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a patron of the Cambridge Literary Festival, and has judged many literary awards, including the Booker prize. She is an experienced chair of live events, and lives in Kilkenny.
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