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Ten Evenings

Douglas Stuart


“Flames are not just the end, they are also the beginning. For everything that you have destroyed can be rebuilt. From your own ashes you can grow again.”

Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain

The winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, Douglas Stuart’s stunning debut novel Shuggie Bain is a heartbreaking, unforgettable story of alcoholism, sexuality, and love—an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction.

Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Shuggie’s mother Agnes responds to poverty and the philandering of her taxi-driver husband with the solace of drink – cans of lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Abandoned by his father and older siblings, Shuggie cares for Agnes as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety while he struggles to become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, instead of a boy with a secret that all but he can see.

Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.

“We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love. The book gives a vivid glimpse of a marginalised, impoverished community in a bygone era of British history. It’s a desperately sad, almost-hopeful examination of family and the destructive powers of desire.”



Shuggie Bain is available from White Whale Bookstore.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart book cover


Monday, January 24, 2022
Should gathering in the Music Hall be permitted on or after January 2022, ticket holders will have the option to upgrade to in-person seating at that time, or continue to attend virtually by viewing lectures livestreamed from the Carnegie Music Hall.


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Upcoming Lectures

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Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski

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Maggie Smith

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Joy Harjo


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Brit Bennett