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On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America. This is a book, which will lead the news agenda on publication and leave the reader knocked sideways by its emotional power.

Gary Younge is an award-winning journalist for the Guardian and The Nation magazine in the US. His previous books are The Speech, Who Are We?, Stranger in a Strange Land and No Place Like Home. In 2009 he won the prestigious James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama election and the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his work. The book has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize 2017 for political writing and has won two prizes in the US.

The event is produced by Tilt in partnership with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), as part of a national spoken word talks and book tour.