United States: An Evening with Olivier Barrot

Join Olivier Barrot as he presents his latest book, United States (Gallimard, 2017), the loving portrait of acountry which the author knows better than any other, except his mother land, France. As a teenager, he wandered and explored it, never stopping his in-depth exploration of its landscapes, movies, history, characters, writers. This evening will be both an informal encounter and a critical, but friendly approach of Arizona as well as New England, the Rockies and Alaska, LA, and eventually NYC, which he rightfully claims to be his second home town.

In French. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Olivier Barrot is a journalist, author, and television personality who plays a prominent role in French cultural life. Since 1991, he has directed the daily literary program Un livre un jour on French channels France 3 and TV5 MONDE. Besides lending his talents as a professor at numerous universities (Sciences Po Paris, Ecole nationale du théâtre de Montréal, Polytechnique Zurich), Barrot also hosts a series of public discussions with actors on the art of their profession : “Ecole d’acteurs” at the Comédie Française, “Mots en scene” at the Society of Actors, the Ciné-club of the Poche-Montparnasse Theatre (Paris), and “French Classics” at FIAF in New York City.

Since 2007, Barrot has been hosting a monthly scholarly program at New York University called “French Literature in the Making”. He has recently launched “Saison française” at the University of Amsterdam. Aside from United States (Gallimard, 2017), Barrot’s most recently published books include Mitteleuropa, Un livre un jour, un livre toujours, La Revue blanche, Le Fils perdu, Ciné Club, and L’Ami posthume. In his other publications, Barrot writes on numerous themes such as artistic performances, the press, travel.