We are delighted to welcome award-winning novelist Tahar Ben Jelloun to the UK this summer to mark the publication of About My Mother.
Edinburgh International Book Festival: The Mother of all Stories
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN & IRENOSEN OKOJIE
Sunday 28 Aug 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Garden Theatre
Tahar Ben Jelloun will present his book About my Mother, translated by Ros Schwartz and Lulu Norman. This sweeping and evocative portrait of a mother and her son explores themes of love, loss, family and illness, as well as the reliability of memory and the subjugation of women. He will be in discussion with Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish, an astonishingly assured debut novel about a mother whose death leaves a striking legacy and a route into the history of Nigeria and ancient Benin. More info here.
Café Littéraire: TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
Sunday 28 August 18:00 – 19:00, Institut francais d’Ecosse
In partnership with our team, the Institut Français d’Ecosse will present during the Fringe Festival a series of informal and open discussions with four French authors.who will talk about their work. Tahar Ben Jelloun will be one of them! To attend one of these Cafés Littéraires, call this number: 0131 225 5366. It’s free, but booking is essential. More info here.
About the Author
Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez, Morocco in 1944, and emigrated to France in 1971. He is an award-winning and internationally bestselling novelist, essayist, critic and poet. He won the Prix Maghreb, the Prix Goncourt (the first North African to win France’s top literary prize), and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He is regularly shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and his work has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He received the rank of Officier de la Légion d’honneur in 2008.