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Saturday: festival of French writing in Venice

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The French consulate is throwing Vis à Vis, a festival of French literature, on Saturday in Venice. But it isn't just French writers who will be on tap: Major authors from Los Angeles, including Steve Erickson, Percival Everett and James Frey will be joining French counterparts to talk about literature, movies, cities and identity.

The first of three panel discussions begins at 11 a.m.; each will feature authors from both France and America.

The French writers participating include Philippe Djian, author of the French bestseller "37.2 le matin" -- it was made into the film "Betty Blue" -- and more than 20 other novels. French-Congolese author Alain Mabanckou, who has won many literary awards, is the author of "African Psycho" and other works; he now teaches at UCLA.

Other French authors -- Véronique Ovaldé, Boualem Sansal and Jean Rolin -- may not be as familiar to American audiences. Which is exactly the point. They'll be joining Danzy Senna, Norman Klein and Richard Lange. Read more about each of the authors' works on the event blog.

All day long, there will be writing workshops for kids. All panels and workshops are free. But we can't promise the same for the end-of-day celebration  --  drinks (bien sur!) at the Electric Lodge.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo by notfrancois via Flickr.


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