Wellcome Book Prize 2017: Shortlist Events


The Wellcome Book Prize is delighted to announce a series of events celebrating this year’s wonderfully eclectic shortlist, including the opportunity to hear from some of the authors as they discuss their critically acclaimed books.

The six exceptional titles in contention for this year’s prize explore the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives, from our humanity and mortality to genetics and the wonders of the microbes within us.

The shortlist includes non-fiction titles by David France ('How to Survive A Plague'), Siddhartha Mukherjee ('The Gene'), Ed Yong ('I Contain Multitudes'), novels from Sarah Moss ('The Tidal Zone') and Maylis de Kerangal ('Mend the Living'), and Paul Kalanithi’s posthumously published memoir ('When Breath Becomes Air'). The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Wellcome Collection on Monday 24 April.

‘Heal the Living’ Preview Screening + Panel Discussion

A preview screening of Katell Quillévéré’s remarkable ensemble drama adapted from the internationally acclaimed novel Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, currently shortlisted for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the intersection between science, books and film.

Date/Time: Tuesday 18 April, 6.30pm

Venue: Curzon Bloomsbury (The Brunswick, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AW)

Tickets: £17.50

Website: curzoncinemas.com

Family and Fragility: Shortlisted Authors in Conversation

An opportunity to hear from three of these year’s shortlisted authors – Sarah Moss, Siddhartha Mukherjee and Maylis de Kerangal – as they discuss the topics at the heart of their critically acclaimed books, from inheritance and genetics to family history, family secrets, and family life in turmoil. Claire Armitstead, Books Editor at the Guardian, will be asking the questions.

Date/Time: Saturday 22 April, 3 – 4.30pm

Venue: Wellcome Collection (183 Euston Rd, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BE)

Tickets: Free, but booking is essential

Website: wellcomecollection.org

5 x 15 Wellcome Book Prize Special

Following last year’s sell-out event, the Wellcome Book Prize will be returning to The Tabernacle for a 5 x 15 special on the eve of the winner announcement. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sarah Moss and Maylis de Kerangal will be taking to the stage to introduce their shortlisted books, joined by Jeevan Kalanithi, brother of Paul Kalanithi, whose posthumous memoir When Breath Becomes Air is in contention for this year’s prize.

Date/Time: Sunday 23 April, 11am

Venue: The Tabernacle (34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY)

Tickets: £12.50 including tea/coffee and pastries

Website: 5×15.com