Festival Programme

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Thursday 12 June Friday 13 June Saturday 14 June Sunday 15 June
Anton Gill: Art Lover - The Life & Times of Peggy Guggenheim. Introduced by John Baxter. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Alistair Horne: Paris: Biography of a City, a Sentimental journey. Introduced by John Baxter. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Shiv Malik: Biography and Journalism in the Age of Terrorism. Introduced by JS Rafaeli. In English.
John Baxter: Man Bites Biographer: How to Survive When A Biography Goes Wrong. Introduced by Heather Hartley. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Alicia Drake: After The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris. Introduced by Heather Hartley. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Victoria Glendinning: Memoirs versus Biographies. Introduced by Chip Martin. In English.
Veronica Buckley: In the Shadow of the Sun King. In conversation with Susannah Clapp. In English.
Susannah Clapp: With Chatwin - The Editor's Story. In conversation with Chip Martin. In English.
Tété-Michel Kpomassie: An African in Greenland. Introduced by Chip Martin. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Rachel Cusk: Motherhood and Memoir. In conversation with Janine di Giovanni. In English, extract read in French.
A.C. Grayling: Descartes' Mind, Descartes' Body. Introduced by Alan Jenkins. In English.
Hermione Lee: Biography and the Case of Edith Wharton. In English.
Blake Morrison: Life Writing and Remembered Lives. In English.
English PEN presents Another Sky in Paris chaired by former English PEN president Victoria Glendinning. In English.
Paul Auster reads from his upcoming novel Man in the Dark. In English.
André Schiffrin: My Political Education. In conversation with Ian Jack. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Carolyn Burke: Biography and Serendipity: In édith Piaf's Footsteps. Introduced by Chip Martin. In English / bilingual Q&A.
A.M. Homes: Secrets, Lies and the Truth In Between. Introduced by Ian Jack. In English.
Jeanette Winterson: How to Tell the Truth - Autobiography and Invention. Introduced by Sylvia Whitman. In English.
Catherine Millet on her upcoming memoir Jour de Souffrance. Introduced by Thomas Wieder. In French / bilingual Q&A.
Jung Chang: My Personal Journey Towards the Understanding of Mao. Introduced by Janine di Giovanni. In English.
Luke Davies on Candy and God of Speed. Introduced by Chip Martin. In English.
Alain de Botton: Status Anxiety: Successful and Failed Lives. Introduced by JS Rafaeli. In English / bilingual Q&A.
Marjane Satrapi: Drawing a Life: Biography and the Graphic Novel. Introduced by Joan Dupont. In English / bilingual Q&A.
1928: Orlando, The Well of Loneliness and The Ladies Almanack: Jeanette Winterson and Diana Souhami in conversation. In English.
I Am the Other: Conversation between Béatrice Commengé and Amélie Nothomb. In French.
The New York Review of Books panel: Obama - Biography of a DividedNation, with André Kaspi, William Pfaff, Darryl Pinckney. In English.
Memoir and Fiction panel chaired by Ian Jack, with A.M. Homes and Siri Hustvedt. In English.

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Special Events

Siri Hustvedt Reading/Discussion


Friday 13 June 4.30pm at Théâtre de l'Odéon - Petit Odéon

Bilingual reading and discussion by acclaimed writer Siri Hustvedt of her latest book The Sorrows of an American. Limited seats available.

Free entry with reservation present.compose@theatre-odeon.fr / 01 44 85 40 44

Place de l'Odéon Paris 6e
Metro Odéon / RER B Luxembourg

Whose Life is it Anyway: Autobiography in the work of Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

Faber and Faber

Friday 13 June 20h at Hôtel de Ville salle des fêtes

Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt in discussion with Walter Donohue from Faber & Faber. Readings by Charlotte Rampling.

This is an invitation only event.