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THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS
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Tuesday 4 April, 7:30-8:30 pm (hybrid)
Reimagining Race with Mohsin Hamid
Bestselling author Mohsin Hamid speaks on new visions of society, the self, and others in the post-racial world of new novel The Last White Man.
Tuesday 18 April, 7:30-8:30 pm (hybrid)
Memoir As Medicine with Diane Shader Smith
At the age of twenty-five, Diane Shader Smith's daughter Mallory passed away following a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis. Mallory recorded her intimate experiences for the final ten years of her life with the intent to have them published posthumously. The result is Salt in My Soul, a celebration of an inspiring young life, a meditation upon health, and a document of sickness in the twenty-first century. Shader Smith, who has gone on to give more than 250 talks worldwide about Mallory's story and developed the book into a documentary, will speak at the Library about medicine, memoir, and the power of storytelling.
Tuesday 25 April, 7:30-8:30 pm (hybrid)
Nina Gelbart on the Forgotten Women of the Enlightenment
The most frequently-cited version of the Enlightenment is that of a group of brilliant men whose contributions to science and the humanities defined the contours of the centuries to come. Historian Nina Gelbart proposes we expand this vision of the eighteenth century. In Minerva's French Sisters, Gelbart reveals the forgotten stories of six women whose contributions to science rival their most famous male peers. Gelbart breaks with traditional ways of writing history, offering a biography equal parts rigorous and imaginative.
THE GUARDIAN LIVE EVENTS
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Monday 17 April 2023, 7–9 pm, Paris time
Gary Younge: Dispatches from the Diaspora
Gary Younge will discuss his new book, Dispatches from the Diaspora.
Reflecting on three decades of his remarkable career as a journalist, Dispatches from the Diaspora is a powerful collection of his writings on race, racism, and Black life and death.
Monday 24 April 2023, 7–8:15 pm, Paris time
The Good Friday Agreement: 25 years on
A panel of speakers will discuss the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
After decades of violence and political conflict, the Good Friday Agreement, signed on 10 April 1998, promised an end to the Troubles and a hopeful new era for Ireland, one of peace, stability and a new kind of ordinary life. But the 2016 Brexit vote put that settlement at risk. The Northern Ireland protocol led to the DUP's withdrawal from the Stormont Assembly and political deadlock but the new Windsor agreement has been hailed as a breakthrough by Rishi Sunak. Can it repair what's been broken in Northern Ireland – and what comes next?
Wednesday 26 April 2023, 7–8 pm
An evening with Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage, the poet laureate, playwright, and novelist, will join us to talk about his first published collection of song lyrics.
Thursday 27 April 2023, 7–8 pm
Book Club with Douglas Stuart
Douglas Stuart, the Booker prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain, will join us to discuss his second novel, Young Mungo. Following the titular Protestant main character who tentatively falls in love with an older Catholic boy amid Glasgow's brutal post-Thatcher and hyper-masculine landscape, Young Mungo is a novel that "confirms Stuart as a prodigious talent".
ENGLISH BOOKSTORES IN PARIS
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Smith & Son
248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
224 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Shakespeare and Co
The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore
San Francisco Book Co
17 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006