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French Literature in the Making: Philippe Labro in Conversation with Olivier Barrot

Philippe Labro, writer, journalist, and film director, is one of France’s best-known media personalities. Educated in the United States, he covered JFK’s assassination for France Soir. He is the author of numerous books, including L’Etudiant étranger (Prix Interallié); Le Petit Garçon; Quinze ans; Tomber sept fois, se relever huit; and the recent Ma Mère, cette inconnue. He has made nine feature films with actors including Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Nathalie Baye, Yves Montand, and Fabrice Luchini (who he discovered). Labro also hosted (with Olivier Barrot) the television series “Lettres d’Amérique” and served as CEO of RTL, the prime radio station in France.

Olivier Barrot is a journalist, author, and television personality who plays a prominent role in French cultural life. He hosts the daily literary program “Un livre un jour” on France 3 and TV5 television and directs a series of public discussions with actors of the Comédie Française on the art of their profession. His most recent books are Mitteleuropa; Un livre un jour, un livre toujours; La Revue blanche; Le Fils perdu; Ciné Club; and L’Ami posthume. He has been hosting French Literature in the Making at New York University since 2007.

In French