Writer, producer, and activist Winnie M Li visits from London to share her harrowing debut novel, Dark Chapter. NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL-Dark Chapter has been called an essential read for the #MeToo era.
Inspired by her own real-life experience of a violent rape and its aftermath, DARK CHAPTER is winner of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2017. The book has received extensive media attention in the UK, covered by The Guardian, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, BBC World News, BBC Radio. In writing the book, Winnie used crime fiction as a means of exploring the same issue that is also the focus of her academic and activist work: narratives around sexual assault.
In this exclusive session, Winnie will discuss her impetus for transforming a deeply personal experience into a literary suspense novel which has been described as 'gripping,' 'nerve-shredding,' and ‘intense.’ At the same time, her goal as an activist has always been to reframe the narrative of the rape survivor from a story of weakness and vulnerability to one of resilience, recovery and community. All are welcome!
For more on her novel and film industry background, check out her piece for The Guardian.