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Bilingual Book Group

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Looking for a good read and stimulating discussion? Join WICE's monthly Bilingual Book Group and exchange perspectives in an informal and friendly environment.

Books are chosen by members and the selection reflects their broad tastes and origins. We select books published in French and English and participants are encouraged to contribute in whichever language is more comfortable to them.

The Bilingual Book Group is free for WICE Members, so why not become a WICE Member now?

Registration required; seats are limited.

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    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online via ZOOM
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    20 NOV 2020

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Homegoing is Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi's first novel -- but what a debut.  The novel moves from the Gold Coast of West Africa to the plantations of Mississippi, from the missionary schools of Ghana to the bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and eight generations.  It is an intimate, gripping epic that shows how the memory of captivity is inscribed on the soul of a nation.

    ‘Homegoing is a novel I wish I could have read when I was a young woman. An intelligent, beautiful and healing read, destined to become a classic.’  Zadie Smith

    ‘Une incroyable saga, un talent inouï. Vertigineux.’ Estelle Lenartowicz, Lire.

    Homegoing was awarded the PEN/ Hemingway Award & the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It was shortlisted for the British Book Award – Debut of the Year.

    Registrations Open October 10 2020

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    • 11 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online via ZOOM
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    11 DEC 2020

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Where The Crawdads Sing is an absorbing, atmospheric novel bubbling with the tension of a lonely girl’s coming-of-age in the marches of North Carolina and a community beset by tragedy and shaped by the landscape.   Written with great sensitivity and intelligence, this character-driven novel is a rich story of innocence undone.

    Where The Crawdads Sing was No. 1 on the New York Times fiction best-seller list for 67 weeks, with 30 weeks at No. 1.
    'For a debut the prose is impressively accomplished ... A Hollywood film seems inevitable.  Yet it will be hard to match on screen the delicacy of Owens's exploration of the natural world. Kya and her magical little world are a rare achievement.' The Times
    ‘Ce roman est plus qu’un chef-d’œuvre littéraire qui a déjà séduit plus de quatre millions de lecteurs à travers le monde.  C’est aussi un grand livre sur l’initiation à l’écologie, c’est-à-dire effectivement à la vie.’ Olivier Nouaillas, La Vie.

    Registrations Open November 21 2020

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    • 08 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    08 JAN 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Jonathan Coe’s Middle England charts a nation’s lurch from the frenzy of the 2012 Olympics to the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, chronicling the changes and the cracks within families and between generations -- a darkly comic look at modern England.

    ‘Expansive and often very funny . . . Coe - a writer of uncommon decency - reminds us that the way out of this mess is through moderation, through compromise, through that age-old English ability to laugh at ourselves.’ The Observer

    ‘Un roman puissant, addictif, d'autant plus impressionnant qu'il parvient à entrelacer avec brio considérations très politiques et trajectoires individuelles denses, sinueuses, heurtées.’ L’Express. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2019.

    Registrations Open December 12 2020

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    Public Domain

    • 12 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 12

    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    12 FEB 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Damian Barr received a critics' ovation for his maiden novel, You Will Be Safe Here. Spanning South Africa's history from colonial brutality to post-apartheid turbulence, it is a tale of two mothers a century apart who are fighting for the fate of their sons. Each is unaware that their fates are intertwined -- a reminder of the legacy of crimes committed in the past.

    ‘Lean, beautiful prose … It pulls you in, breaks your heart and then ultimately repairs it.’ Jojo Moyes, The Observer.

    ‘Where many novels run out of steam as they approach the end, You Will Be Safe Here grows more engaging with each chapter.’ The Irish Times.

    Registrations Open January 09 2020

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    Public Domain

    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    12 MAR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, this mesmerising epic is a contemporary twist of Homer’s Odyssey. Obioma uses a unique narrative device to weave a story about destiny, determination and the crushing of opportunity. An Orchestra of Minorities is Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma’s second novel to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

    'This is a book that wrenches the heart with its story of love, migration and inner turmoil, told with remarkable language from start to finish. —Booker Prize 2019 Jury citation.

    ‘Mythologie igbo et odyssée homérique se mêlent dans La Prière des oiseaux, sublime et foisonnant roman du Nigérian Chigozie Obioma […] un livre sur l’impossibilité de dépasser son destin, sur la folie qu’ont les humains d’aimer et de croire quand tout leur échappe.’ Gladys Marivat, Le Monde des livres

    Registrations Open February 13 2020

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    • 09 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 12

    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    09 APR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Vladimir Nabokov's portrayal of love as outrage and obsession was one of the most controversial novels of the 20th century. The story of the ageing Humbert Humbert's all-devouring, doomed passion for 12-year-old Dolores Haze is simultaneously repulsive and compelling. Writers such as Martin Amis and Brian Boyd have positioned Nabokov as one of the greatest writers of the century. Reading Lolita has been described as a dive into some of the finest writing ever committed to a page.

    ‘Lolita is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ... a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes.’ Time

    ‘Lolita est une œuvre à part, qui suscite le malaise autant que la fascination, qui dérange autant qu'il séduit.’ France Inter.

    Registrations Open March 13 2020

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    • 14 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    14 MAY 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

Past events

09 Oct 2020 WO091 Bilingual Books: La porte des enfers (Hell’s Gate) by Laurent Gaudé
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
11 Sep 2020 WS111 Bilingual Books: All We Shall Know (Tout ce que nous allons savoir) by Donal Ryan (Remote Online)
16 Jun 2020 WA141 Bilingual Books: The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1) - REMOTE
12 Jun 2020 WU171 Bilingual Books: David Young, Stasi Child (Thriller Genre Talk)
02 Jun 2020 WY121 Bilingual Books (Historical Book Series): Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation - REMOTE
08 May 2020 WA171 Bilingual Books: Sándor Márai, Embers [Les Braises] - REMOTE
24 Apr 2020 WM131 Bilingual Books: Madeline Miller, Circe - REMOTE
26 Mar 2020 WO151 Bilingual Books: Alias Grace - REMOTE
14 Feb 2020 WF141 Bilingual Books: Tender is the Night (Tendre est la nuit)
11 Feb 2020 WN191 Bilingual Books: Suite Francaise (New date)
14 Jan 2020 WD171 Bilingual Books: The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1) (New Date)
10 Jan 2020 WJ101 Bilingual Books: Fernando Aramburu, Patria (Homeland)
13 Dec 2019 WD131 Bilingual Books: Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) (New Date pending in June 2020)
15 Nov 2019 WN151 Bilingual Books: Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel)
11 Oct 2019 WO111 Bilingual Books: The Road Home (La route du retour)
13 Sep 2019 WS131 Bilingual Books: The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, (L'Arabe du futur) 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir
14 Jun 2019 WU141 Bilingual Books: The Yacoubian Building (L'Immeuble Yacoubian) by Alaa Al Aswany
17 May 2019 WY171 Bilingual Books: Cutting for Stone (La porte des larmes) by Abraham Verghese
12 Apr 2019 WA121 Bilingual Books: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf) by Edward Albee
15 Mar 2019 WM081 Bilingual books: Nutshell (Dans une coque de noix) by Ian McEwan
08 Feb 2019 WF081 Bilingual books: Eva Dorme (Eva Sleeps) by Francesca Melandri
11 Jan 2019 WJ111 Bilingual books: D'après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) by Delphine de Vigan
14 Dec 2018 WD141 Bilingual books: Days Without End (Des jours sans fin) by Sebastian Barry
16 Nov 2018 WN161 Bilingual books: White Tears (Larmes blanches) by Hari Kunzru
12 Oct 2018 WO121 Bilingual books: Never Let Me Go (Auprès de moi toujours) by Kazuo Ishiguro
14 Sep 2018 WS141 Bilingual books: Indiana by George Sand
08 Jun 2018 WU081 Bilingual books: Édouard Louis, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (The End of Eddy)
18 May 2018 WY181 Bilingual books: Philip Roth, American Pastoral (Pastorale américaine)
13 Apr 2018 WA131 Bilingual books: Nancy Huston, Fault Lines (Lignes de faille)
09 Mar 2018 WM091 Bilingual books: Jose Saramago, Blindness (L'aveuglement)
09 Feb 2018 WF091 Bilingual books: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (La route étroite vers le nord lointain)
12 Jan 2018 WJ121 Bilingual books: Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma (La Chartreuse de Parme)
08 Dec 2017 WD081 Bilingual books: Alecia McKenzie, Sweetheart (Trésor)
10 Nov 2017 WN101 Bilingual books: Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (L'amie prodigieuse)
13 Oct 2017 WO131 Bilingual books: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce (Les Saisons de la solitude)
15 Sep 2017 WS091 Bilingual books: Anne Enright, The Gathering (Retrouvailles)
09 Jun 2017 EU091 Bilingual Books: L'Étranger by Albert Camus & Meursault, Contre Enquête (The Meursault Investigation) by Kamel Daoud
12 May 2017 EY121 Bilingual Book Group: "The Harder They Come" by T.C. Boyle
21 Apr 2017 EA211 Bilingual Book Group: "The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish: My Life in Churchill's School for Spies" by Noreen Riols
10 Mar 2017 EM101 Bilingual Book group "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang
10 Feb 2017 EF101 Bilingual Book Group: "The Wound" ("Des Hommes") by Laurent Mauvignier
13 Jan 2017 EJ131 Bilingual Book Group - "Bel Ami" by Guy de Maupassant
02 Dec 2016 ED021 Bilingual Books: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
04 Nov 2016 EN041 Bilingual Book Group: "The Universe of Stone" by Philip Ball
07 Oct 2016 EO071 Bilingual Book Group: "Us" by David Nicholls
10 Jun 2016 Bilingual Books "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
13 May 2016 Bilingual book group; "The Custom of the Country" By Edith Wharton
08 Apr 2016 Bilingual Book Group "Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Wolff
11 Mar 2016 Bilingual Books "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
12 Feb 2016 Bilingual Book Group "An Officer and a Spy" by Robert Harris
08 Jan 2016 Bilingual Book Group "La Peste" ("The Plague") by Albert Camus
13 Nov 2015 Bilingual Books "NW" by Zadie Smith
24 Oct 2015 AO241 - Cyrano de Bergerac - VIP Theater Event
09 Oct 2015 Bilingual Book Group: Soumission (Submission), Michel Houllebecq
05 Jun 2015 Book Group "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway
15 May 2015 Book Group: "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson
03 Apr 2015 Book Group - " Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
06 Mar 2015 Book Group - "The American" by Henry James
06 Feb 2015 Book group - "Someone" by Alice McDermott
09 Jan 2015 Book Group: "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin
05 Dec 2014 Book Group: "The Accidental Tourist" by Anne Tyler
07 Nov 2014 Book Group - The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
03 Oct 2014 Book Group - "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers
30 May 2014 Book club: "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing
25 Apr 2014 Bilingual Book Group - Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
04 Apr 2014 Bilingual Book Group: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
07 Mar 2014 Bilingual Book Group: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
07 Feb 2014 WF007 Bilingual Book Group "A Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers
10 Jan 2014 WJ101 Bilingual Book Group - "Notre Dame du Nil" by Scholastique Mukasonga
13 Dec 2013 WD131 Bilingual Books - Julian Barnes - The Sense of an Ending
08 Nov 2013 WN081 - Bilingual Books - Françoise Hertier: Le Sel de la Vie
04 Oct 2013 WO041 - Bilingual Books - Kate Atkinson: Life after Life
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