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Madeleine Thien in conversation

Wednesday 24th May 2017 6pm - 7pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Chargeable Event

Please note: following the announcement the Folio Prize shortlist we have moved the time of this event forward to 6pm as it originally coincided with the winner's ceremony. For any queries regarding this please e-mail


Join us for a revealing discussion with Madeleine Thien, author of The Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing.
Madeleine Thien is a novelist and short story writer whose work has been translated into 23 languages. Born in Vancouver, her parents both Malaysian-Chinese immigrants, her writing is heavily influenced by her family history and her experiences as a child. 
Do Not Say We Have Nothing is testament to that, detailing the story of 10-year-old Marie and her mother. In Canada in 1991 they invite a guest into their home, a young woman called Ai-Ming, who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Forced to re-imagine their artistic and private selves, their fates reverberate through the years, with deep and lasting consequences for Ai-Ming – and for Marie.

Chairing the event is Sam Baker. Formerly the Editor in Chief of Red magazine, in 2015 she co-founded and launched The Pool, an online platform making interesting, inspiring and original content for busy women. Her latest novel, The Woman Who Ran, was published last year.  

Madeleine Thien will be discussing her work, her influences and her journey from a relatively unknown author in the UK to being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016.


Tickets: £8 per ticket or £5 for Foyalty members. You must have your Foyalty card on you on the night to present at the door. Not a Foyalty member? Sign up for free here.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road

Please note, no physical tickets will be issued (to save the trees!). Your email confirmation is proof of booking.​


We are unable to issue refunds to customers unable to attend the event without at least 24 hours' notice. To request a refund of your ticket purchase or purchases, email with your details and request.


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