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An Evening With Stacey Abrams and Tayari Jones

An evening with two of America’s most acclaimed women

Stacey Abrams is widely considered one of the most prominent political power broker in the United States. She was the first African-American woman to become the House Minority leader in her home state of Georgia and the first African-American woman to be nominated by a major party for State Governor. Her fight against voter suppression helped win Georgia for the Democrats and helped Joe Biden secure the presidency. As Biden himself has said, ‘Nobody, nobody in America has done more for the right to vote than Stacey’. And as if that weren’t enough for this remarkable 47-year-old woman, she has also written two political books and eight romantic novels.

In June 2021 she came to Intelligence Squared to mark the publication of her new thriller While Justice Sleeps, a page-turner set in the corridors of political and judicial power, which has already been a No 1 New York Times bestseller. Abrams will be in conversation with the internationally bestselling novelist Tayari Jones, whose book, An American Marriage, about the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, dominated the top ten fiction list on both sides of the Atlantic for many months and has been praised by Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. 


Praise for While Justice Sleeps: 

Glossy, gritty, breathlessly suspenseful, effortlessly authentic, and altogether wonderful’ – Lee Child 

Stacey Abrams is a true novelist, and While Justice Sleeps is a first-class legal thriller. It’s fast-paced and full of surprises–a terrific read’ –  Scott Turow



Stacey Abrams

Politician, lawyer, author and businesswoman, whose latest book is the political thriller While Justice Sleeps

American politician, lawyer, author and businesswoman, who was the house minority leader for the Georgia General Assembly and state representative for the 89th House District. Abrams worked as a tax attorney for a law firm in Atlanta and was appointed the Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta at age 29. She co-founded and served as the senior vice president of NOW Corp., a financial services firm. She co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, and is CEO of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm. Abrams has had an extensive writing career, penning several best-selling novels under the nom de plume of Selina Montgomery. Abrams is also the author of Minority Leader, a book of leadership advice, Lead From The Outside and Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America.

Tayari Jones

Women’s Prize for Fiction-winning author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow

New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones has written four novels. Her novels include An American Marriage, Silver Sparrow, The Untelling and Leaving Atlanta. Her 2018 novel An American Marriage shot to the top of The New York Times bestsellers list after its inclusion in Oprah’s Book Club and was the winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.