Cancelled - Kaouther Adimi
Yes, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. A good time for cafe au lait with croissants or brioche: and for hearing one of the most lauded younger writers at work in France today. Kaouther Adimi, who hails from Algiers, is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, Our Riches (New Directions, translated by Chris Andrews). Also known as its original title, Nos richesses (Le Seul), this novel was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt, and received the Prix Renaudot, the Prix du Style, the Prix Beur FM Méditerranée, and the Choix Goncourt de l’Italie. Spanning a period of decades that include the Second World War and then the Algerian struggle for independence from France, this book has the love of books at its core in the person of Edmond Charlot, who founded a famous Algerian bookstore/library and then publishing house. It’s a story of great persistence and elegant perseverance.
“A subject in gold: it was necessary to instill a rhythm, an experience, a tension, even to shake up the hourglass of time. Kaouther Adimi, born fifty years after the mythical bookshop, succeeds brilliantly at this triple jump.”—Le Figaro.
“If you’re in a bookshop browsing, then Our Riches is for you, by definition. A beautiful little novel about books, history, ambition and the importance of literature to everyone, especially people who are trying to find a voice.” —Nick Hornby.
Co-presented with Alliance Française de Seattle (www.afseattle.org), with the support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.