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« The End of Eddy » : events in February

Tuesday, 7th of February in London : Conversation with Tash Aw at the London review of books Bookshop.

Wednesday, 8th of February in Manchester : Conversation with Andrew McMillan at the Waterstones bookshop.

Thursday, 9th of February in Bristol : Public discussion at the Waterstones bookshop.

Informations and reservations are on the links attached to each event.

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Discussion at the American University of Paris


Tuesday, 27th of September, at 18h30 I will talk about literature and narratives – traditional and newer – at the American University of Paris.

The event is open to all.

More informations here :

From tweets and Facebook updates to Snapchats and Instagram selfies, our generation is preoccupied with sharing, speaking out and showing off. When we update our social media timelines, or like and share updates of our friends and peers, we are creating narratives, telling stories or contributing to the storytelling efforts of others.

What are the implications of these acutely contemporary forms of narrative and the ways we use them? What are the relationships of these forms to more traditional storytelling forms such as the novel and the memoir? What are the literary, social and ethical ramifications of telling stories in the twenty-first century?

To discuss these questions, and others, AUP is delighted to be welcoming the critically acclaimed writer Édouard Louis to join a panel discussion. At the age of 23, Louis is fast becoming a respected member of the French intellectual community. His first novel, The End of Eddy (published in French in 2014 and to appear in English early in 2017) relates his experiences growing up in the north of France and explores gender, identity and class. His second novel, Histoire de la violence (2016), is equally inspired by personal experience and explores rape, violence and the latter’s role in society.

Louis will be joined by AUP professor Hannah Westley (Global Communications). Her current research considers the consequences of new media for the genre of autobiography and self-writing, with a particular interest in how online identities interact with traditional means of self-representation and how this affects the ways in which narrative and subjectivity are understood. Most recently, Professor Westley has been researching how the ‘selfie’ helps us think about narrative.

The event (which takes place in English) will be chaired by Russell Williams (Comparative Literature and English, AUP). His research focuses primarily on the contemporary French novel. He is also particularly interested in how we use social media and its relationship to more traditional literary forms.

This panel discussion is organised by the AUP department of Comparative Literature and English with the support of the Centre for Writers and Translators and the Global Communications department.

The event is open to all. Those looking to attend from outside the AUP community must register in advance by contacting Room C-104 is located in the AUP Combes building at 6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris.

For further information, or to register, please contact Russell Williams at

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« Face à la violence, se réinventer »



Dans le cadre du festival du journal Le Monde, je dialoguerai avec Jean Birnbaum sur le thème « Face à la violence, se réinventer ». Il y sera question d’Histoire de la violence et d’En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule mais aussi, plus généralement, de violence sociale, de littérature et d’émancipation.

La rencontre se tiendra dans le Grand Foyer du Palais Garnier le samedi 17 septembre à 16h.

Il est possible de réserver des places et d’obtenir plus d’informations ici.


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Lectures in Norway

Bergen : 

14th of September 

16h00 : Dialogue with the « Bergen student society », at Kvarteret, about Voldens Historie and Eddy Bellegueule.

19h00: Dialogue at the Literature house of Bergen, with Bjørn Ivar Fyksen, about Voldens Historie.


Stavanger :

15th of September 

16h:30 : Lecture about Pierre Bourdieu ( Culture house of Stavanger )

16th of September 

13h00 : Dialogue about Voldens Historie ( Culture house of Stavanger )



Oslo :

21st of September

19h00 :Conversation with Kjersti Skomsvold at the Literature house of Oslo. We will talk about her work and « Voldens Historie ».

23rd of September

18h00 : Lecture about Toni Morisson : « Its not my fault », at the Literature House of Oslo

After the lecture, there will be a film screening of the movie adaptation of Beloved from 1998.






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« Une malédiction » dans la revue Freeman’s

Je publie cet été, dans le second numéro de la revue américaine Freeman’s, un texte intitulé « A curse » ( « Une malédiction », traduit du français vers l’anglais par Linda Coverdale).


Ce numéro porte sur le thème de la famille et compte des contributions de Claire Messud, Patrick Modiano, Aminatta Forna, Mo Yan, etc.

Dans mon texte, je réfléchis à la place centrale de la vengeance dans le fonctionnement de la famille.

Une soirée de lancement du numéro de la revue est organisée le 12 juillet, à 19h à la librairie Shakespeare and Company, en partenariat avec New York University. Y participeront également John Freeman, le directeur de la revue ainsi que les deux écrivains Valeria Luiselli et Aleksander Hemon. L’entrée est libre.



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Dialogue avec Virginie Despentes


Dans le cadre de la Fête du livre de Bron, je ferai, le samedi 5 mars à 15h30, un dialogue avec Virginie Despentes sur la littérature et l’émancipation.

La rencontre se tiendra à l’Hippodrome de Parilly, salle des Parieurs. 4-6 av. Pierre Mendès France, 69500 Bron.

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« On violence and literature » : Lecture at UCL

I will give a lecture on violence and littérature at University College of London, the 1st of march at 6pm

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