Laurence Cossé

Where: The Community Bookstore in Park Slope, 143 7th Avenue, New York City

Please join Europa Editions, World Literature Today & The Community Bookstore for an evening with French novelist Laurence Cossé. Cossé will read from A Novel Bookstore, discuss her forthcoming novel An Accident in August and speak with World Literature Today editor Michelle Johnson about literature as catalyst of social debate and about the role of the independent bookseller in today’s consumer culture.

Laurence Cossé is the author of nine novels, including A Corner of the Veil (Scribner, 1999). Her most recent book, A Novel Bookstore (Europa Editions, 2010) is the story of an idealistic Parisian bookstore whose shelves are stocked with only ‘good novels’ selected by a top secret committee of contemporary writers. The novel was hailed as “captivating fiction” (San Francisco Chronicle) that “furnishes sly commentary about gatekeeping in the literary world” (PW). Alison Anderson’s translation of A Novel Bookstore is a finalist for the French-America Foundation and Florence Gould Translation Prize.

World Literature Today is the University of Oklahoma’s bi-monthly magazine of international literature and culture.

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