Friday 10 September 2010, 7pm - 9 pm
You are invited to the first Melbourne Salon at the Alliance Française de Melbourne.
Jean-François Vernay is a Franco-Australian essayist based in New Caledonia, who specialises in Australian literature. Jean-François will be speaking about his latest book Panorama du roman australien: des origines à nos jours 1831-2007 (Hermann Press, 2009), which he describes as “a labour of love” which took 10 years of research. This first survey of Australian fiction aims to give European readers an overview of Australian literature, and is now available in English as The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama (published by Brolga, 2010).
In an article in The Age last year, Jean-François is quoted as saying that his aim in the book was to engage the reader in a kind of conversation. "I wanted to adopt a sort of casual tone. … I wrote the essay using the tone of a novel, which makes it entertaining, I hope, rather than just a collection of literary facts."
As the founding editor of the journal Correspondances océaniennes, Jean-François has also published numerous articles and book reviews on contemporary Australian fiction, and has been promoting Australian culture for over a decade. His first book Water From the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch (Cambria Press, 2007) has been critically acclaimed in Australia.
Copies of Panorama du roman australien will be available on the night at the special price of 22 euros (ie AUD $32).
Elaine Lewis founded the Australian Bookshop in Paris in 1996 to promote Australian writers. Between 1996 and 2001 she organised more than 70 readings for visiting Australian authors, artists and musicians. During this time, Elaine’s work included writing freelance articles for French magazines and speaking to groups of French people interested in Australian writing. Her book Left Bank Waltz: the Australian Bookshop in Paris was commissioned and published by Random House Australia in 2006.
Elaine’s love of the French language led her to commence translating poetry from France, Belgium, and Canada; her translations have been published in France. She is currently committee member of the Franco-Anglais Poetry Festival Association (a translation festival held annually in Paris since 1977), AALITRA (the Australian Association for Literary Translation), the Melbourne PEN Centre, and Deputy Editor of ‘Explorations’, the journal of ISFAR (Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations).
Kerry Mullan is coordinator of French Studies at RMIT University. The Melbourne Salon is a joint venture between RMIT, ISFAR and the Alliance Française de Melbourne; it aims to create a place where curious and open-minded people can engage in French-Australian cross-cultural dialogues.
Please join us for what promises to be a very special inaugural Melbourne Salon.
Cover charge $22 payable on the night (includes cheese and wine)
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