The Literature Program


The Literature Program

Written Arts Program, French Studies Program, and Division of Languages and Literature present

Celebrated French writer Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Dinaw Mengestu (followed by a reading in French and English)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels and novellas in French, including La vie voyageuse (2003), Corniche Kennedy (2008), Naissance d’un pont (winner of the Prix Médicis 2010, and published in English as Birth of a Bridge), and, most recently, Un monde à portée de main (2018). In 2014, her fifth novel, Réparer les vivants, was published to wide acclaim, topped bestseller lists for months, and  went on to win several prestigious prizes. Its American translation (The Heart, FSG 2016) was one of the Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 ; its UK translation (Mend the Living) was the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize. Un chemin de table (2016) is de Kerangal’s most recent book made available in English, under the title The Cook (2019).

Praise for Mend the Living
“I’ve seldom read a more moving book” —Lydia Kiesling, Guardian
“[an] extraordinary novel that etches itself in the mind” —Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Praise for The Cook
“de Kerangal’s food writing is incantatory […] I was left hungry for more” —Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal

Cosponsored by Bard’s Division of Languages and Literature, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

For more information, call 845-758-7121, or e-mail

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: RKC 103