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Shakespeare and Co. Announce Lineup of 2008 Literary Festival

Shakespeare In cooperation with Shakespeare and Company, FestivalandCo is pleased to announce its third literary festival, "Real Lives:Exploring Memoir and Biography".

This year's theme is inspired by the increasing popularity of memoirs and biographies and by the questions these genres never fail to provoke, namely: Where is the frontier between fact and fiction, truth and interpretation? How does one construct a perspective without constructing a 'lie'?

The internationally acclaimed author line-up for this year's festival includes Paul Auster, John Baxter, Alain de Botton, Veronica Buckley, Carolyn Burke, Jung Chang, Susannah Clapp, Béatrice Commengé, Rachel Cusk, Antonia Fraser, Victoria Glendinning, Richard E. Grant, A.C. Grayling, Anton Gill, A.M. Homes, Alistair Horne, Siri Hustvedt, Ian Jack, Tété-Michel Kpomassie, Hermione Lee, Daniel Mendelsohn, Catherine Millet, Amélie Nothomb, Darryl Pinckney, Marjane Satrapi, André Schiffrin, Diana Souhami, and Jeanette Winterson.

All events will be free and will take place under a marquee in the Square René Viviani directly next to Shakespeare & Company, opposite Notre-Dame. Festival highlights will include:

•       Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt in discussion at the Hôtel de Ville
•       A fiction and memoir panel led by the former Granta Editor, Ian Jack
•       Antonia Fraser discussing the romantic liaisons of Louis XIV
•       Daniel Mendelsohn on fake memoirs
•       Rachel Cusk on motherhood and writing
•       A "Writers on Writers" panel presented by The New York Review of Books
•       Marjane Satrapi on memoir told through the graphic novel
•       André Schiffrin on politics and publishing
•       Catherine Millet on jealousy and autobiography
•       Richard E. Grant on real to reel life.

Due to limited space, if you would like to see Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt in conversation at the Hotel de Ville on the evening of Friday June 13th, we require that you sign up for an invitation.

To receive an invitation, please send your name with the subject heading "Hotel de Ville Event". Your invitation will then be mailed to you at the address supplied.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is free of charge but with limited seating, and there are many who would like to attend. Therefore, we respectfully ask that you sign up for an invitation only if you are sure you can attend.

Shakespeare and Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie
75005 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 25 40 93

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what a line up. I feel like taking a week off work to see everyone of these speakers! Hats off to S&Co


Indeed, a nice line up... why not also post the programme schedule... or the wordy menu as it were.

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