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Apr 18

APR 18

6:00 PM–8:00 PM


Reading in French Now

6:00 PM–8:00 PM    Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

Roundtable Discussion:

Reading in French Now

Panel discussion in French with Alex Gil, Thierry Grillet, Selma Hellal, Chokri Mabkhout, moderated by Madeleine Dobie

To watch this event, please click here. Today the publishing of books in French confronts new challenges even as the industry's geographic horizons are expanding far beyond France. In this roundtable discussion, editors, writers and cultural administrators from France, Algeria and Tunisia explore the contemporary landscape of French book publishing, distribution and reading.

Selma Hellal is Editor-in-chief and co-founder of the visionary Algerian publishing house, Éditions Barzakh. Chokri Mabkhout is Director of Foire internationale du livre de Tunis and former Rector of the Université de Manouba. Mabkhout's own debut novel, The Italian, won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Thierry Grillet, Directeur des affaires culturelles, Bibliothèque nationale de France, is the author of numerous books on contemporary culture. Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia. Madeleine Dobie is Professor of French at Columbia.

Reading in French Now