This new WICE book group, the Bookers, picks from a treasure trove of international great books, winners in different categories, but each acting as a bridge to connect us to universal threads of humanity, empathy and understanding to celebrate the rich tapestry of global literature.

From this diversity of authors from every corner of the globe, one book will be chosen every month, as a passport to different cultures.

This group gathers on the 2nd Thursday of each month between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Join us as we delve into wisdom, imagination and human experience throughout time and place.

A list of the next candidate novels is listed below.

This list is by no means exhaustive or exclusive, and any other novel that meets the criteria is open for inclusion. A longer list of books being considered will be added. 

Note: Our book reading groups are among the most popular activities in WICE, and available seats get taken quickly, so we will reserve two seats each month in this group for anyone new who would like to join.

If you would like more information or if you have questions, please email:

literature@wice-paris.org


UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Rue la Boétie, ground floor, 75008
    • 7
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    “The Bone People" by Keri Hulme is a literary masterpiece that immerses readers in a haunting and emotionally charged narrative. Set against the backdrop of the rugged New Zealand coast, Hulme weaves a complex tapestry of three lives entwined by fate, trauma, and the search for identity.

    The novel introduces us to Kerewin Holmes, a reclusive artist with a mysterious past, and Simon and Joe, a young boy and a mute man, both scarred by their own painful histories. The unconventional and deeply interconnected relationships between these characters form the heart of the story, creating a dynamic that is both challenging and profoundly moving.

    Hulme's prose is rich and lyrical, capturing the essence of the Maori culture and the harsh beauty of the natural surroundings.

    • 11 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Rue la Boétie, ground floor, 75008
    • 8
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    “Celestial Bodies" by Jokha Alharthi is a mesmerizing and ground-breaking work that invites readers into the rich tapestry of Omani culture while exploring themes of love, family, and societal transformation. Winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, this novel showcases Alharthi's narrative prowess and her ability to weave a compelling story against the backdrop of a changing world.

    The prose is both poetic and evocative, capturing the essence of the characters' emotions and the landscapes they inhabit. The novel skillfully shifts between past and present, offering glimpses into the interconnected lives of its characters and the complexities of familial relationships. Through the lens of these characters and fostering a deep emotional connection that resonates, Alharthi explores the impact of societal changes, including the abolition of slavery and the evolving roles of women in Oman.