Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Because reading may be the most frivolous and crucial thing ever. Because discovering a writer is a love story like no other. Because today's writers are born of yesterday's authors. Because French classics belong to everyone... the Institut français has invited a wonderful array of British writers to come and talk about their favourite French authors.
On 20 January 2011, Will Self will launch the series: he will tell us about the time when he first discovered Montaigne, whether it was love at first sight and whether Montaigne has ever disappointed him. And he may attempt to answer the most important question: should we read Montaigne, and why?
Other dates for your diaries include 3 February, with Alain de Botton on Stendhal; 24 March, with Posy Simmonds on Flaubert; 12 May, with Kate Mosse on Maupassant; 9 June, with Tom McCarthy on Robbe-Grillet. Boyd Tonkin, literary editor of The Independent, will chair the series.
7pm / £10, conc. £8, students £5 / in English Early reservation recommended
Institut français / 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT
020 7073 1350 / http://www.institut-francais.org.uk/