A reading and discussion of French fiction lead by French novelist and playwright Christine Montalbetti with the participation of actor Pierre Louis-Calixte. This event will take place in French.
Innovative novelist, playwright, and professor of literature, Christine Montalbetti has written over a dozen works of fiction, three of which are published in translation by Dalkey Archive Press— Western (2009), Nothing but Waves and Wind (2017), and American Journey (forthcoming in 2018). In her storytelling, Montalbetti directly entices her audience into multifarious games of deferral, suspense, critique and reflection, measuring at every turn her readers' desires for gratification. Her most recent novel La vie est faite de ces toutes petites choses (P.O.L. 2016) recounts the space shuttle's final journey to the International Space Station.
Pierre Louis-Calixte, active member of the Comédie Française, staged and starred in Christine Montalbetti’s 2017 play Le bruiteur (The Sound Man). A master of numerous roles in the modern repertoire of French theatre, he has also acted in films and in more contemporary plays by such author-directors as Jean-Luc Lagarce, Fausto Paravindo and Michel Vinaver.