Virtual Event: Kazuo Ishiguro


Klara and the Sun:
A Novel

in conversation with KATE DARLING

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March 3, 2021
6:00 PM ET


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$35.00 (book included)

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and Politics and Prose are thrilled to welcome Nobel Laureate KAZUO ISHIGURO—author of the beloved, bestselling novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go—for a discussion of his latest novel, Klara and the Sun. He will be joined in conversation by KATE DARLING, a leading expert in robot ethics and author of the forthcoming book, The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots.


All tickets include a hardcover copy of Klara and the Sun. (The tickets including signed bookplates are SOLD OUT. Book-included tickets without bookplates are still available.)

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About Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro's books as "novels of great emotional force" and said he has "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

Praise for Klara and the Sun

“As with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity . . . This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.” —Publishers Weekly

“A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible.” —Kirkus Reviews

Dr. Kate Darling
Dr. Kate Darling

Dr. Kate Darling

Dr. Kate Darling is a leading expert in Robot Ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Kate graduated from law school with honors and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and an honorary doctorate of sciences from Middlebury College. Her work has been featured in Vogue, the New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the BBC, WIRED, and more. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

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