Meet the author: Samira Sedira

Meet the author: Samira Sedira

Thursday 17th March at 6pm

Join us as we meet award-winning French-Algerian novelist, playwright and actress, Samira Sedira. 

Winner of the 2020-2021 Prix Eugène Dabit, for her latest novel Des gens comme eux / People like them, we are delighted to welcome Samira to the Alliance Française Glasgow. The event will be moderated by the Head of Library at the Institut Français d’Ecosse, Catherine Guiat.

This event is in partnership with the Franco-Scottish Society (Glasgow branch) and will be delivered in French.

About the author 

Samira Sedira is a French-Algerian novelist, playwright, and actress (both theatre and film). She studied at l’École de la Comédie de Saint-Etienne and now lives in the region of Paris. Her latest novel Des gens comme eux (People like them): Bloomsbury Raven Books, was translated into English in July 2021. Samira’s first novel L’odeur des planches came out in 2013 and was adapted for the stage in 2014. Her second novel, Majda en août was published in 2016, followed by La faute à Saddam in 2018 which was awarded the 2019 Prix Exbrayat des Lycéens.

Recurring themes in her work centre around French society, class divide, status and money, identity and racism, self-image and dignity and the complexity of human relations. Her novels address the problems encountered by children of immigrants, in particular, their integration into society and their relationship with the French language.

People like them is her latest novel (available here)

Anna and Constant Guillot live with their two daughters in the peaceful, remote mountain village of Carmac. Everyone in Carmac knows each other, and most of its residents look alike—until Bakary and Sylvia Langlois arrive with their three children.

Wealthy and flashy, the Langlois family of five are outsiders in the small town. Their impressive chalet and numerous lavish cars are a stark contrast to the modesty of that of their neighbours. Despite their differences, the Langlois and the Guillots form an uneasy, ambiguous friendship. However, when both families begin to experience financial troubles, the underlying class and racial tensions of their relationship come to a breaking point, and the unthinkable happens.

DATE & TIME: Thursday 17th March, 6pm

VENUE: Alliance Française Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, G3 6AX, Glasgow

The event is free, limited tickets available.

Please click here to register.

Donation box available at the event or click here to find out other ways you can donate to the AFG.

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