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Thalia Book Club: Inspecting Inspector Maigret, A Tribute to Georges Simenon
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 04/16/2008 at Symphony Space.

Fellow writers and admirers, including novelist Colin Harrison, discuss the work of the Belgian mystery master, including some of his psychologically realistic and wonderfully atmospheric Inspector Maigret novels.

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Colin Harrison is the author of the novels Bodies Electric, Afterburn, Manhattan Nocturne, Break and Enter, The Havana Room and his brand-new book, The Finder. He was an editor at Harper's Magazine until 2001, and now is an editor at Scribner.

Robert MacNeil was born and educated in Canada. He was a journalist for forty years with, successively, Reuters News Agency, NBC News and the BBC, culminating in twenty years as Executive Editor of the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. He is the author of three novels: Burden of Desire, The Voyage and Breaking News; three memoirs: The Right Place at the Right Time, Wordstruck and Looking For My Country; and co-author of The Story of English and the sequel, Do You Speak American? Since 1993, he has been Chairman of the MacDowell Colony. He and his wife Donna live in New York City.

Anna Moschovakis is the author of a book of poems, I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone (Turtle Point Press 2006), and several chapbooks. Her translations from the French include works by Henri Michaux, Claude Cahun, Théophile Gauthier, Pierre Alféri, Blaise Cendrars, Annie Ernaux and Georges Simenon (The Engagement, published by New York Review Books Classics). She works as an editor, designer and printer at Ugly Duckling Presse, a nonprofit art and publishing collective based in Brooklyn. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liege, Belgium, where he began work as a reporter at the age of 16. At 19, he moved to Paris to become a novelist. According to Simenon, the character of Jules Maigret came to him one afternoon in a café in the small Dutch port of Delfzijl as he wrestled with writing a different sort of detective story. By noon the following day, he claimed, he had completed the first chapter of Pietre-le-Letton (The Strange Case of Peter the Lett). The Inspector Maigret would go on to feature in 75 novels and 28 stories. Simenon books have been translated into more than 50 languages. World-famous directors, such as Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné and Claude Chabrol, have captured the dark realism of Simenon's fiction into more than five hundred television dramas and sixty motion pictures, starring such actors as Jean Gabin, Pierre Renoir and Charles Laughton.

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