Wednesday, November 2nd 6pm
National Book Award finalist, Alice Kaplan read from her gripping biography, not of a modern French writer, but of the modern French novella, The Stranger — “a cornerstone of modern literature, one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, and the best-selling mass market paperback in French publishing history.”
Followed by a conversation with writer, editor, translator, and current Franke Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Harold Augenbraum.
Alice Kaplan is the author of French Lessons: A Memoir; The Collaborator; The Interpreter; and Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis. She is the translator of OK, Joe; The Difficulty of Being a Dog; A Box of Photographs; and Palace of Books. Her books have twice been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, once for the National Book Award, and she is a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She holds the John M. Musser chair in French literature at Yale. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut.
Harold Augenbraum is a writer, editor, and translator. He is the Franke Visiting Fellow at Yale University, former Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and former vice chair of the New York Council for the Humanities. For fifteen years, Augenbraum was Director of The Mercantile Library of New York (now the Center for Fiction), where he established the Center for World Literature, the New York Festival of Mystery, the Clifton Fadiman Medal, and the Proust Society of America. He is on the advisory board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.