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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 04/14/2015 at Symphony Space.

 Catherine Lacey (Nobody Is Ever Missing), Akhil Sharma (Family Life), Francoise Mouly (art editor at The New Yorker), and Kate Zambreno (Heroines, Green Girl) discuss the acclaimed novel in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Marguerite Duras’ (Hiroshima Mon Amour) haunting, luminous book tells of the tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover in pre-war Indochina. With a reading by Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair, Angels in America on Broadway).

+ About the Artists

KATHLEEN CHALFANT was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her role in Angels in America on Broadway. She received Obie Awards for her work in Endgame, Talking Heads, and Wit, for which she also won a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Her other stage credits include Bloomer Girls, Dance With Me, A Delicate Balance, Nine Armenians, Henry V, A Walk in the Woods, and The Party. On screen, she has appeared on House of Cards, The Affair, The Americans, The Strain, Rescue Me, The Laramie Project, and all New York iterations of Law & Order. She received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by The Cooper Union in 2010.

CATHERINE LACEY is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, which was a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award. The novel was released in the UK, New Zealand and Australia by Granta Books, and a French translation is forthcoming from Actes Sud. Her short fiction and essays have been published widely. She was named a Granta New Voice in 2014 and awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from NYFA in 2012. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. Her forthcoming novel is titled, The End of Uncertainty.

FRANÇOISE MOULY has been the art editor at The New Yorker since 1993. She was the founder, publisher, designer, and co-editor, with Art Spiegelman, of RAW magazine. She also launched the award-winning TOON Books and TOON Graphics, where she is Editorial Director and Designer. In 2012, She released Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See and Postcards from The New Yorker: A Hundred Postcards from Ten Decades. She is the recipient of the Eric Carle Museum’s Bridge Award, the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators, Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honor. In 2013, critic Jeet Heer published hershort biography, In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman.

AKHIL SHARMA is the author of Family Life, which was awarded the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction, and was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times and New York Magazine. His first novel, An Obedient Father, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.

KATE ZAMBRENO is the author most recently of Heroines, published by Semiotext(e), and Green Girl, which was published last year by Harper Perennial. Her newest novel, Switzerland, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial. She is also at work on a collection, Drifts, and an anti-memoir, Book of Mutter. She teaches in the writing programs at Barnard College, Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

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