Vis-à-vis: French Authors Visiting The West Coast
Sunday, May 16, 2010, 5:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
City Lights in conjunction with the Cultural Services of The Consul General Of France in San Francisco present
Philippe Djian, Véronique Ovaldé, Boualem Sansal, Jean Rolin
reading from their works
Philippe Djian is the renowned author of over twenty novels, including Assassins, Frictions, Impuretés, and the bestseller 37°2 le matin, published in the United States as Betty Blue and adapted for film by Jean-Jacques Beineix. A #1 bestseller in France, Unforgivable (Impardonnables) received the 2009 Prix Jean Freustié, a prize given to a French author for a work in prose. Djian lives in Paris.
Véronique Ovaldé's works have been translated into several languages. She is the author of the novels And My Heart (Et Mon Coeur), The Sleep of Fishes (Les Sommeil de Poissons), All Things Shimmering (Toutes choses scintillant), and Generally I Like Men (Les hommes en général me plaisent beaucoup). Kick the Animal Out (Déloger l'animal), originally published as by Actes Sud in France and Leméac in Canada, is her fifth novel.
Jean Rolin is the winner of the Albert Londres prize for journalism and his novel L'organisation received the Medicis award in 1996. He is the author of numerous acclaimed wirks of fiction including Journal de Gand aux Aléoutiennes, L'Homme qui a vu l'ours, Un chien mort après lui, and many others
Boualem Sansal is an internationally acclaimed Algerian author. His work has won top literary awards, among them the Prix du Premier Roman in 1999. His debut novel Le serment des Barbares has been made into a film based on a screenplay by Jorge Semprúns.