March 11th 2018 11AM
“Is there a peculiarly New York addition to the meanings of walking?” asks Adam Gopnik. This talk explores that question through the work of Alfred Kazin, Henry James and Dawn Powell.
April 6th 7PM
San Antonio Book Festival, The Moth
April 16 2018 7:00PM-8:45PM
PEN World Voices Festival
ACT III: Reimagining Our Worlds Through Immigration and Literature
It’s every parent’s unspoken nightmare, that harm might come to their children at the hands of a trusted carer. The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani’s brilliantly unsettling novel about the nanny who murdered the two young children in her charge, ignited passionate debate in France. The book is a subversive examination of motherhood, race, social inequality, and murder that is likely to spur similar discussion in the U.S. The author, a 36-year-old writer, journalist, and Muslim immigrant to France, was the first Moroccan-born woman to win the Prix Goncourt and was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron as his ambassador for Francophone Affairs, charged with promoting French language and culture around the world. Slimani talks to Adam Gopnik about her work –- and a life that was remade through immigration and literature.