Book Talk: The Postcard

Discussion in French

“Anne Berest’s The Postcard is among the most acclaimed and beloved French novels of recent years. Luminous and gripping to the very last page, it is an enthralling investigation into family secrets, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life.” – Europa Editions

Join us on October 11th at 7pm for a book talk with Anne Berest, author of The Postcard, who will be in conversation with Pénélope McQuade, radio and television host. The conversation will touch on topics of family history, identity, and the Holocaust in France.

The event will be taking place at the Montreal Holocaust Museum – 5151 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine. Books will be available for purchase in both English and French at the event through Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore. The talk will be followed by a book signing with Anne Berest.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved through Eventbrite:

This event is being hosted in partnership with The Jewish Public Library.

To learn more about our speakers:

Anne Berest is the bestselling co-author of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (Doubleday, 2014) and the author of a novel based on the life of French writer Françoise Sagan. With her sister Claire, she is also the author of Gabriële, a critically acclaimed biography of her great-grandmother, Gabriële Buffet-Picabia, Marcel Duchamp’s lover and muse. She is the great-granddaughter of the painter Francis Picabia. For her work as a writer and prize-winning showrunner, she has been profiled in publications such as French Vogue and Haaretz newspaper. The recipient of numerous literary awards, The Postcard was a finalist for the Goncourt Prize and has been a long-selling bestseller in France.

An important figure in Quebec’s cultural scene, Pénélope McQuade has made her mark on television with her summer talk show, and on radio with her show Pénélope on ICI Première. Her bubbly personality, outspokenness, boundless energy and professionalism have earned her several Gémeaux and Artis nominations. Author of the book J’aime, she also co-wrote Moi aussi j’aime les femmes with her good friend Alain Labonté, in which they discuss the status of women. The book is published by Éditions Stanké. As a interviewer who has been trolled, she collaborated with Hugo Latulippe on the documentary Troller les Trolls, a hard-hitting investigation shown on Télé-Québec. Pénélope is also involved with the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal as a spokesperson.


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