Join two of Paris’s literary voices – the celebrated Prix Goncourt finalist and actor Anne Berest and author and musician Alba Arikha – as they explore their new novels placing the city centre-stage.
The City of Lights comes to London for one special night as we bring together two acclaimed authors.
The winner of the American Choix Goncourt Prize and the Prix Renaudot Des Lyceens, and nominated for the Prix Goncourt, Anna Berest’s The Postcard is an unforgettable autobiographical novel “of rare grace and importance” (Guardian) depicting her journey to discover the fate of her maternal family – from revolutionary Russia to Latvia, Palestine, Paris, and the horrors of Auschwitz, where her great-grandparents and their children were murdered.
Alba Arikha is renowned as a memoirist and musician. There are several overlaps between both authors: Alba’s work also features the Holocaust, as her father, the artist Avigdor Arikha, was a survivor of the camps. And her godfather, Samuel Beckett, helped Anne’s grandmother Myriam escape the Nazis. Her new novel, Two Hours, is ‘a radiant story of loss and love’ (James Lasdun) that sees protagonist Clara travel between Paris and New York in search of meaning, freedom, and a life that might have been.
Both authors join us live in London and via livestream for a unique meeting of minds.
This event is held in partnership with the Jewish Literary Foundation.