Meet four French authors @ the Boston Book Festival!

In partnership with the Boston Book Festival and the French Cultural Center, we are very glad to bring to you authors Marc Crépon, Jean-Claude Redonnet, Stanislas Dehaene and Hervé This on Saturday, October 25.

The Boston Book Festival, one of Boston’s most beloved annual events, in partnership with the French Cultural Center and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, will take place over the last weekend in October. All daytime events are completely free, and there are events and activities to suit people of all ages.

At 10:30 am: Jean-Claude Redonnet

Writing in French in New England. In French. French Cultural Center.

Jean-Claude Redonnet is a professor emeritus and director of research of postcolonial studies at the Paris–Sorbonne University. He served as the director of the Middlebury College French School from 1998 to 2003. Since 2012, he has also been an Associate Graduate Faculty member at the University of Maine System. His book Héritages francophones , which was granted the official patronage of the Académie française, is an introduction to several living Francophone cultures in the United States, while his play Les Monologues de Jeanne Amiel tells the fictional account of a woman’s life in the Pyrenees between the two world wars.

12:30 pm: Hervé This

Note-by-Note Cooking (talk with demonstration). In English. French Cultural Center

Hervé This is a French physical chemist who works for the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique at AgroParisTech, in Paris (France). He will introduce the audience to molecular cuisine through his book Note-by-Note Cooking. This talk, illustrated with a demonstration, will explain how a meal can be created by a modern chef using pure molecular compounds to introduce novel consistencies, colors, flavors and tastes.

2:30 pm: Marc Crépon and Jay Winter

The Memory of the Wars. In English. French Cultural Center.

French philosopher and author Marc Crépon from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), and professor Jay Winter from Yale University will be discussing Crépon’s book The Thought of Death and the Memory of War , published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013. This book reconsiders the place occupied by the memory of wars within our societies. Marc Crépon has taught philosophy at Nanterre University and is now head of the philosophy department at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. This discussion will be moderated by Paul Jankowski, author of Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.

4 pm: Stanislas Dehaene and Daniel Dennett

State of Mind: Consciousness and Thinking. Old South Sanctuary, 645 Bolyston Street, Boston. In English.
Stanislas Dehaene is a world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist, psychologist, professor, author, and pioneer in the field of numerical recognition, which his book The Number Sense explains and explores. He is also the author of the acclaimed Reading in the Brain, and his latest book, Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts , has already received a starred review from Booklist and praise from the Washington Post and Scientific American Mind. Philosopher, cognitive scientist, and student of linguistics and artificial intelligence, Daniel Dennett offers thought experiments meant to guide the reader through challenging subjects such as free will, meaning, and mind in Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking.Their discussion will be moderated by Deborah Becker, from WBUR.

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Please note: Books in French and English will be available for sale at the Albertine Book Store booth throughout the event, and authors will be available for a book signing following their respective talks.

Last modified on 20/10/2014

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