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French Literature In the Making: Maryline Desbiolles

Maryline Desbiolles is a writer whose work maintains close ties with poetry and fine arts. Founder of the literary magazine Offset in 1980 and La Métis in 1990, she started working on novels in the 1980s, stood out with her novel La Seiche in 1998 and won the Prix Femina 1999 for Anchise. Her later work is dedicated to artistic figures such as the painter and printmaker Jean-Pierre Pincemin in Les Draps du peintre (2008) and the composer Maurice Jaubert in Le beau temps (2015).

Olivier Barrot is a journalist, author, and television personality who plays a prominent role in French cultural life. He has hosted the daily literary program “Un livre un jour” on France 3 and TV 5 television since 1991. He also directs a series of public discussions with actors of the Comédie Française on their profession and runs the monthly show “Grandes Scènes” at Théâtre de Poche, Paris. His most recent books include L’Ami posthume, Le Fils perdu, La Revue Blanche, and Mitteleuropa. He is in his tenth year of hosting “French Literature in the Making” at NYU, which inspired his Paris series with playwrights, “Mots en scène.”

In French.