A Conversation with Christophe Boltanski and A.M. Homes

Join Christophe Boltanski and A.M. Homes as they discuss Boltanski’s award-winning debut novel, "The Safe House: A Novel" (2015 Femina Prize), just published in the U.S. with the University of Chicago Press.

In Paris’s exclusive Saint-Germain neighborhood is a mansion. When the Nazis came, Étienne Boltanski divorced his wife and walked out the front door, never to be seen again during the war. So far as the outside world knew, the Jewish doctor had fled. The truth was that he had sneaked back to hide in a secret crawl space at the heart of the house. There he lived for the duration of the war. With the Liberation, Étienne finally emerged, but he and his family were changed forever — anxious, reclusive, yet proudly eccentric. Their lives were spent, amid Bohemian disarray and lingering wartime fears, in the mansion’s recesses or packed comically into the protective cocoon of a Fiat.

That house (and its vehicular appendage) are at the heart of Christophe Boltanski’s ingeniously structured, lightly fictionalized account of his grandparents and their extended family.

"The Safe House" was a literary sensation when published in France in 2015 and won the Prix de Prix, France’s most prestigious book prize.

In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Christophe Boltanski has been a journalist at the French newspaper Liberation, before becoming a reporter for the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur. He is now the Editor in Chief of the review XXI. His debut novel, "The Safe House: A Novel," was awarded the prestigious Femina Prize in 2015.

A.M. Homes is the author of the novels, "May We Be Forgiven" (winner of the 2013 Orange Prize), "This Book Will Save Your Life," "Music For Torching," "The End of Alice," "In a Country of Mothers" and "Jack"; the short-story collections "Things You Should Know" and "The Safety of Objects"; the best-selling memoir, "The Mistress’s Daughter"; a travel memoir, "Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill."
Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and appears frequently in Art Forum, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Zoetrope. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot. Several times a year she collaborates on book projects with artists — among them Eric Fischl, Rachel Whiteread, Cecily Brown, Bill Owens, Julie Speed, Michal Chelbin, Petah Coyne, Carroll Dunham, Catherine Opie and Todd Hido.
She has also created original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS and was a writer/producer of the Showtime series "The L Word." Additionally, Homes wrote the adaptation of her first novel, "Jack," for Showtime. Director Rose Troche’s 2003 adaptation of "The Safety of Objects" marked the screen debut of Kristen Stewart. Other Homes novels currently in development include "This Book Will Save Your Life."


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm



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Free. No RSVP necessary.