An Evening with Nicolas Mathieu

Celebrating Francophone and Southern American Literature

Join us on Tuesday, September 26th, at 6.30pm for a captivating evening with acclaimed author and Prix Goncourt winner Nicolas Mathieu, brought to you in collaboration with Villa Albertine, French Consulate in Louisiana, and Tulane University.

Nicolas Mathieu, a current Villa Albertine resident, is a literary force known for his compelling storytelling that delves into the lives of the underprivileged. During his residency in Oxford, Mississippi, he seeks to explore the unique cultures and inspirations of the American South, comparing how underprivileged individuals are portrayed in both French and American literature.Be part of an enriching discussion with Nicolas Mathieu, moderated by Rien Fertel, as he shares insights into his work and research.

📅 Date: Tuesday, September 26th
⏰ Time: 6.30pm
📍 Venue: 1519 Jackson Avenue

Due to Nicolas Mathieu's prefence of expressing himself in French, we wil have a professional translator on-site. Dr. Nicole Horne graduate from Tulane University. Her research focused on contemporary francophone literature and cultures.She has more than seven years' experience as a freelance worker in translating, proofreading, and editing.

In his own words, Mathieu writes about the lives often overlooked in contemporary literature, influenced by Americana, noir fiction, and Southern literature, including the works of Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and others. Discover the artistry of this award-winning author whose works, including "And Their Children After Them" (Prix Goncourt 2018), Explore the intricate connections between body and economy, delving into the lives of young teenagers in the east of France.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with Nicolas Mathieu, as he shares his literary journey that spans history, cinema, and art, culminating in works like "Rose Royal: A Love Story" and "Connemara. "Experience the allure of the American Deep South and its literary heritage through the eyes of this talented French author. Join us for an unforgettable evening of literature, culture, and dialogue.Limited seats available. Reserve your spot now for an inspiring encounter with Nicolas Mathieu, where the worlds of French and American literature unite! 

This event will be covered by Rien Fertel, a Louisiana-born and based freelance writer. He has written for Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Men's Journal, The A.V. Club, Pacific Standard, Southern Living, Saveur, The Local Palate, and many other print and online publications. He recently finished a manuscript deconstructing the Drive-By Truckers' album Southern Rock Opera for Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, due in the Fall of 2018. His most recent book, The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog, a personal/historical reflection on race, labor, and foodways in the Deep South, is out now from Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint. His first, Imagining the Creole City, an intellectual and literary study of a circle of writers in nineteenth-century New Orleans, arrived in 2014. He has taught courses at Tulane University, Bard Early College New Orleans, and, soon to come, the University of Mississippi.

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