French writer Chantal Thomas in Hong Kong [fr] [中文]

A series of cultural activities with the renowned French writer Chantal Thomas will take place from 17-21 July 2018 in Hong Kong.


Chantal Thomas is a novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, historian and member of the Femina Jury: after writing her thesis under the guidance of Roland Barthes, she has taught in several American universities and is currently the Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

In 2002, Thomas published "Les adieux à la reine". The novel gave a fictional account of the final days of Marie Antoinette in power through the perspective of one of her servants. It won the Prix Femina in 2002, and was later adapted into the 2012 film Farewell, My Queen. Her fictional work, translated successfully in many countries, also includes "The Exchange of Princesses" which is recently brought to the screen by Marc Dugain (2017), a film of which she co-wrote the screenplay with the director. Thomas received the Grand Prize of the Société des Gens de Lettres in 2014 for all of her work, the Roger Caillois Prize for French Literature and the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize.

Cultural events of Chantal Thomas’ visit to Hong Kong:

Book Signing Session

Date & Time: 17 July 2018, 18:30-19:30
Venue: Parentheses Librairie Française
Language: French only

Talk: "Literary Salons in Paris"

Date & Time: 19 July 2018, 19:00
Venue: Alliance Française de Hong Kong Jordan Centre
Language: French only

Hong Kong Book Fair Public Seminar on "The Power of Women in 18th Century"

Date & Time: 20 July 2018, 18:00-19:30
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Language: French with simultaneous service in English and Cantonese
Moderator: Chip Tsao
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A collection of her work will be sold at the Book Fair by the French bookstore Parenthèses before and after the seminar:

Book list

- Souvenirs de la marée basse
- La testament d’Olympe
- Cafés de la mémoire
- La reine scélérate
- Comment supporter sa liberté
- L’échange des princesses
- Les adieux à reine

- The wicked Queen
- The exchange of princesses
- Farewell, my Queen

- 一代妖后:潑糞刊物裡的瑪麗.安托奈特 (La reine scélérate)
- 再見吾后 (Les adieux à la reine)

Film screening of "Farewell, my Queen" (Les Adieux à la reine)

In the presence of the writer
Date & Time: 21 July 2018, 14:30
Venue: Alliance Française de Hong Kong Jordan Centre
Language: Film in French with English subtitles - Discussion in French with English translation

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publié le 16/07/2018

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