Céline Curiol at the Ottawa Writers Festival

As part of a Canadian tour, the Embassy of France will welcome young French novelist Céline Curiol in Ottawa on October 15 and 16. She will make two presentations of her book "Voice Over" at the Alliance Française (in French) and at the Ottawa International Writers Festival (in English).

GIFCéline Curiol is a journalist who has worked for various French media, including Libération, Radio France, and BBC Afrique. Her first novel "Voix sans issue" (Actes Sud, 2005) has been translated into fourteen languages, and will be released next October in English in Canada under the title "Voice Over" (McClelland & Stewart, 2007). Her second novel "Permission" has recently been published in France. Originally from Lyon, France, Curiol lives in New York City, where she is at work on her third novel.

About "Voice Over" : A lonely young woman works as an announcer in Paris’s Gare du Nord, surrounded by people yet separate from them. Obsessed with a man who loves another, she suffers alone as she waits for him. In her solitude, she wanders the streets of the modern city, playing on the edge of danger, seeking connection. Her interactions with strangers create a confrontation between the intimate and the anonymous, revealing to her man’s most human desires.

Just thirty, debut literary novelist Céline Curiol has the ability to write, with great psychological tension, about the innermost depth of her characters, with all their contradictions, impulses, and humanity. She captures an existential and witty vision of our contemporary world.

“Not only is it the finest first novel I have read in many years, but it is, quite simply, one of the most original and brilliantly executed works of fiction by any contemporary writer I know of.” (Paul Auster)

“With an extraordinary sense of the mechanisms of love and the empathy of a saint for the human race, Céline Curiol gives us the most original and the best new book of the year.” (Marie Claire)

“It is not just the lover’s obsession that keeps our attention . . . it is more a young woman’s rapport with the city, with Paris . . . and all the unexpected encounters we can make there.” (Le Monde des livres)

With the support of the Book Office of the Consulate General of France in Toronto

  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2007 @ 6:00PM

    Host : Anne Michaud

    Alliance Française of Ottawa

    352 McLaren street

    Tel (613)234-9470, ext.226

    Free Admission

    In French

    Click here to visit the Alliance Française of Ottawa’s website

  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007 @ 6:00PM

    Ottawa International Writers Festival

    Library and Archives Canada

    395 Wellington Street

    Free Admission

    In English

    Click here to visit the Ottawa International Writers Festival’s website

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