The Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Weekly Round Up: Stranger in the Shogun’s City

Each week leading up to the winner announcement, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction is celebrating the different shortlisted authors and focusing on their incredible books. This week features two shortlisted books. The first featured author is Amy Stanley and her shortlisted book Stranger in a Shogun’s City.

Today at 5pm (GMT) the Baillie Gifford Prize will be releasing the latest shortlist watch party featuring Amy Stanley, Richard Lloyd Parry and 2020 judge Shahidha Bari. Join us live on Facebook or Youtube to find out what they have to say about Amy Stanley’s fascinating portrayal of  life in 19th century Japan.


The latest mini-cast episode with prize director Toby Mundy and Amy Stanley is available now. In this episode of ‘In Conversation’ Amy and Toby talk about what Tsuneno’s life was like and the culture and traditions in 19th century Japan.

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

Make sure to also take a look at our Q&A with Amy Stanley who shares with some of her favorite details about Tsuneno and her life.

This Thursday and Friday, this year’s shortlist celebration will continue with Kate Summerscale, shortlisted for The Haunting of Alma Fielding. For the watch party, Kate Summerscale will be joined by historian Kate Williams and 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize judge, Leo Robson. Make sure to follow the Baillie Gifford Prize’s social channels @BGPrize to stay up-to-date.

This year the announcement of the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020 will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Tune in Tuesday 24 November from 6pm for a virtual celebration hosted by Sir Peter Bazalgette. Read more about this exciting event here:

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

This year the Hay Festival Digital Weekend from 26-29 November will feature an event with the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize winner. To see the full programme and register for free click here.

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