Small Wonder speaker change | LAND OF THE FREE SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 3.30 PM

We regret that Lionel Shriver is no longer able to attend Small Wonder festival, as previously advertised. She sends her apologies.

However, we are delighted to announce that Benjamin Markovits will be joining the session to discuss the contradictions of contemporary America alongside Tom Rachman and Sarah Churchwell.

Tom Rachman’s new collection of stories, Basket of Deplorables, skewers the hypocrisies of current American politics.

Sarah is a pre-eminent cultural critic and commentator and the author of books on Scott Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe; her latest is Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream: ‘Sarah Churchwell’s book serves as a reminder that the version of American values espoused by Donald Trump and the hate-filled racism of last year’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville are not aberrant blips’ (The Guardian). 

Benjamin Markovits is a novelist and short story writer, named by Granta as a Best of Young British Novelists. Originally from Texas, he left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics at Oxford, and is the author of eight novels including this year’s A Weekend in New York. Markovits has been described as ‘A formidable voice … The bastard son of Philip Roth and A. S. Byatt.’ (New Statesman). He was shortlisted for last year’s BBC National Story Award. 

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