Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 16:00
We are delighted to be bringing to BIAF, for a second year, a special event showcasing two established names in France who are publishing in English translation for the first time.
Dominique Barbéris’s novel A Sunday in the Ville-d’Avray is a story of sisters, suburbia and secrets, where two siblings coming together on a hot day in the outskirts of Paris. It explores desire, the path not taken, and family rivalry. A Sunday in the Ville-d’Avray was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, and was called “Beguiling and immensely enjoyable” by The Irish Times.
Gaëlle Josse’s The Last Days of Ellis Island is a subtle, tender novel about the closure in 1954 of the immigration inspection station on New York’s Ellis Island. In a series of diary entries it tells the story of the “huddled masses” who come to America seeking freedom and a new life, through the viewpoint of a retiring immigration officer. The Last Days of Ellis Island won the European Union Literature Prize.
Hosted by Mathias Rimbaud, and presented in French with English language subtitles