Wordfest presents Kazuo Ishiguro

Wordfest presents Kazuo Ishiguro
Wordfest presents Kazuo Ishiguro
Mar 09 @ 5 PM - 6 PM MT 

Wordfest is honoured to present Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and his new novel Klara and the Sun, his first since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. The hour-long conversation will start at 5:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Lainey Lui (@LaineyGossip), the cohost of CTV’s The Social. (The pre-show will begin at 4:50 PM MT.) Your $42 ticket includes a copy of Klara and the Sun, as well as shipping. You will also receive our Digital Doggie Bag after the event, with links to the best of what was discussed during the event. If you are unable to watch live or want to watch again, the recorded event will be available on demand at Wordfest.com until midnight on Saturday, March 13. 

We are thrilled to be able to offer signed copies of Klara and the Sun (yes, these are signed books, not bookplates, touched by Ishiguro himself) to the first 350 people who register, thanks to Penguin Random House Canada and through Indigo, our book-selling partner on this book with ticket event. If you order your tickets before midnight on Feb. 25, Indigo will be shipping your book (signed or not) on the official release date of March 2, 2021. All orders placed after Feb. 25 will arrive as quickly as possible.

About Klara and the Sun

The magnificent new novel from Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day. An international literary event, Klara and the Sun will be published simultaneously on March 2, 2021, by Knopf Canada, Faber & Faber in the U.K. and Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. 

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling feat of world-building, and a heartbreaking novel of tenderness and humanity. It gives us an unexpected glimpse into the modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love? It is Ishiguro's first novel since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. In its award citation, the Nobel committee described his books as "novels of great emotional force" and said that he has "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

About 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 honours 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 over two 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.

About Lainey Lui

Elaine "Lainey" Lui is the founder and Editor of LaineyGossip.com, co-host of CTV's daytime talk show The Social, and a reporter on CTV's etalk. Lainey has covered the Red Carpet at the Oscars, SuperBowl XLII, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals, and other top tier events worldwide, and is regularly called upon by various media outlets including CNN, CBC, CTV News as one of Canada's top celebrity and pop culture experts. In 2014, Lainey became a best-selling author with her memoir Listen to the Squawking Chicken.



  • Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro: AI, gene-editing, big data...I worry we are not in control of these things anymore -The Guardian
  • British author Kazuo Ishiguro returns with Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize -The Globe and Mail
  • Kazuo Ishiguro Sees What the Future is Doing to Us -The New York Times Magazine
  • Kazuo Ishiguro The New Nobel Laureate, Has Supremely Done His Own Kind of Thing The New Yorker
  • Kazuo Ishiguro just won the Nobel Prize. Here’s a brief guide to his bleak, beautiful world. –Vox 
  • Notes on Never Let Me Go. –Goodreads