Monday 10th March 7:00pm
We’re delighted to present Andrew Hussey, author of Paris: The Secret History, on his timely and provocative new book, The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs.
Andrew Hussey is Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris, a regular contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman, and the writer/presenter of several BBC documentaries on French food and art. He is the author of The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord (2001), and Paris: The Secret History (2006). He was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list for services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and France.
Monday 17th March 7:00pm
“In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. If I write of ‘sadism’ it is because it exists, I didn't invent it, and if some terrible act occurs in my work it is because such things happen in our lives. I am not on the side of evil, if such a thing as evil abounds. In my writing I do not always agree with what occurs, nor do I linger in the mud for the sheer sake of it. Also, it is curious that the people who rail against my work seem to overlook the sections of it which entail joy and love and hope, and there are such sections. My days, my years, my life has seen up and downs, lights and darknesses. If I wrote only and continually of the ‘light’ and never mentioned the other, then as an artist I would be a liar.” – Charles Bukowski
March 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s death. What a perfect excuse to praise one of the greatest, most honest, most controversial American poets and novelists who ever lived. Everybody’s invited to come on stage and share with us your favorite poem or lines. We will also be lucky enough to have with us French writers and Bukowski fans Christophe Donner and Pierre Mikaïloff.
The event will be chaired by Alexandre Guégan, who just translated More Notes of a Dirty Old Man into French with Grasset. There are even rumours of the presence of the author himself…
Thursday 20th March 6:00pm
Throughout 2014, in honour of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, we’re hosting the Bard-en-Seine Readings. The goal is simple: to revisit and celebrate some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays. So, once a month, we will be hosting informal read-throughs in the library, which will be recorded and sent out as podcasts in this newsletter (see below for February’s reading of Romeo and Juliet), so you’ll all be able to share in the theatrical fun.
For March, the play will be The Tempest and the reading will take place on Thursday 20th at 6pm, in the library.
If you’d like to take part, please email Milly Unwin at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell her whether you’d prefer a larger or a smaller role. Parts will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and we’ll let you know a week in advance of the reading whether you have a role. No preparation necessary, and we’ll provide the scripts. Please note that, due to space restrictions, the Bard-en-Seine Readings will only be open to those taking part.
Friday 21st March 7:00pm
Spoken Word London host (and ex-Tumbleweed extraordinaire) Pat Cash presents a short selection of the 'Fag Ash' monologues, three ten-minute windows into the worlds of disparate characters in modern Britain, including Patricia Primarché, the cheap drag queen, $harkface $ally, the venomous PR woman and Vinnie, the boring boyfriend. Performed by Pat Cash, Milly Unwin and Tom Hodges.
Photo by George Sydney http://www.georgesydney.com/
Sunday 23rd March 7:00pm
We’re delighted to present Hanif Kureishi on his witty, brilliant new novel, The Last Word.
The Last Word is an outrageous, clever, and funny story of sex, lies, art, and what defines a life.
Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England – but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.
Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon's career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon's work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist's life. Harry's publisher seeks a more naked truth, a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether. Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word?
Hanif Kureishi was born in Kent and read philosophy at King’s College, London.
His 1984 screenplay for the film My Beautiful Laundrette was nominated for an Oscar. He also wrote the screenplays of Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and London Kills Me. His short story ‘My Son the Fanatic’ was adapted as a film in 1998.
The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel and was produced as a four-part drama for the BBC in 1993. His second novel was The Black Album (1995). The next, Intimacy (1998), was adapted as a film in 2001, winning the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film festival. Gabriel’s Gift was published in 2001 and his most recent novel, Something to Tell You, in 2008.
A short story collection, Collected Stories, was published in 2010. Hanif Kureishi has also written non-fiction, including the essay collections Dreaming and Scheming: Reflections on Writing and Politics (2002) and The Word and the Bomb (2005). The memoir My Ear at his Heart: Reading my Father appeared in 2004.
Hanif Kureishi was awarded the C.B.E. for his services to literature, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts des Lettres in France. His works have been translated into 36 languages.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/19/hanif-kureishi-interview-last-word -- Guardian interview with Hanif Kureishi
Monday 31st March 7:00pm
We’re very happy to present Naomi Wood on Mrs. Hemingway – the story of the most famous writer of his generation and the four extraordinary women who married him.
In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge, and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s lover.
Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest’s literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife. Luminous and intoxicating, Mrs. Hemingway portrays real lives with rare intimacy and plumbs the depths of the human heart.
Naomi Wood was born in 1983 and lives in London. She studied at Cambridge and at UEA for her MA in Creative Writing. Originally from York, she has gone on to live in Hong Kong, Paris and Washington DC. Her first novel was The Godless Boys.
Wednesday 9th April 3:00pm
Children’s Hour – music, rhythm, and stories for kids. Bring your children (2-6 year-olds, siblings welcome too) to the library at Shakespeare and Company for an hour of music, songs, and stories in English (for all nationalities, even those who don't speak English). Led by the magic Kate Stables, mum and singer/songwriter from This is the Kit, this lovely event has become an institution. There will be instruments to play and a lot of noise to make! Four euros donation appreciated.
Due to space restrictions, we ask that you try and email Kate at email@example.com to confirm your place, and also that each child is accompanied by only one adult where possible. Thanks, all!
Thursday 24th April 7:00pm
What should Lolita look like? Why did Dmitri Nabokov, the writer’s only child and sole surviving heir, contravene his father’s wishes that the last unfinished novel, The Original of Laura, be destroyed? Join the conversation on Nabokov’s legacy with participants Yuri Leving (Editor of the Nabokov Online Journal), Lara Delage-Toriel (President of the French Vladimir Nabokov Society), and Samuel Schuman (Past President of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, the author of Nabokov’s Shakespeare (Bloomsbury, 2014)), during the European book launch of Lolita – The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design. Eds. John Bertram and Yuri Leving (New York: Print, 2013), and Shades of Laura: Vladimir Nabokov’s Last Novel, The Original of Laura. Ed. Yuri Leving (McGill Queens University Press, 2013). The winner of the 2013 Nabokov Online Journal Best Book Award will be announced during this event.
Promotional video: http://www.nabokovonline.com/news.html