Michaela McGuire on why she's so excited to have Nana Kwame in this year's program: 

"Before I started in this job, I’d feel guilty if I didn’t finish reading a book. These days, it’s the inverse: if I get 30 pages into something incredible and know I’m going to invite the author to Sydney Writers’ Festival, I feel horribly guilty for reading on. Friday Black was my biggest guilty read over the last year. The first story in Nana Kwame’s collection unfolds after a white man who decapitates five black children with a chainsaw is found innocent. It’s an eviscerating, heart-stoppingly brutal, gruesome reflection on the ways in which the US justice system is stacked against black Americans, and the ways in which we dehumanise each other."

Find Nana Kwame at Sydney Writers' Festival