The Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Weekly Round Up: Black Spartacus

Each week leading up to the winner announcement, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction will be celebrating the different shortlisted authors and focusing on their incredible books. This week, they spoke to Sudhir Hazareesingh about his shortlisted book Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture.

On Wednesday 04 November they released a new shortlist watch party featuring Sudhir Hazareesingh, historian Olivette Otele and 2020 judge Max Strasser.  Throughout the watch party they explore the incredible life and journey of Toussaint Louverture through, enslavement, liberation, revolution and prison. You can still catch the livestream on their YouTube channel or click on the video below.

Today, the Baillie Gifford Prize released a new mini-cast episode with prize director Toby Mundy and Sudhir Hazareesingh. In this episode of ‘In Conversation’ Sudhir and Toby discuss how Sudhir came to write this biography and the lengthy process of compiling this world wide archival research on the Haitian revolution and Toussaint Louverture.

The ‘In Conversation’ mini-cast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Listen to the podcast on iTunesSpotifyStitcher, SoundCloud and Entale.

Make sure to also take a look at the Q&A with Sudhir Hazareesingh who speaks on the significant of Toussaint Louverture’s legacy.

Next week, the Baillie Gifford Prize will continue to celebrate this year’s shortlist with Christina Lamb and her shortlisted book Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women. Christina Lamb will be joined by Baroness Helena Kennedy and Chair of Judges Martha Kearney. Make sure to follow their social channels @BGPrize to stay up-to-date.

On Saturday 21 November, Cambridge Literary Festival will be hosting a Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist event with all this years shortlisted authors. To sign up and buy a ticket click here.

Find out more about the rest of the shortlist here.

For your chance to win a signed set of the shortlist visit the social media pages below and the website for Ts&Cs.

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