If you thought catching a glimpse of Ta-Nehisi Coates at your local coffee shop was as close as you were ever going to get to him, you thought wrong.
The National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Coates will be moderating several talks at this year’s Festival Albertine, where attendees will have the opportunity to explore issues surrounding race, art, and identity in both France and the US.
Aligning with Albertine’s commitment to fostering Franco-American exchange through books and ideas, the festival hosts a range of French and American writers, artists, and intellectuals. These cultural giants participate in public talks on hot-topics, ranging from arts to politics.
Some of the key speakers examining these diverse, intersectional topics include David Simon, producer of the “The Wire” and “Treme,” New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb, artist Kehinde Wiley, poet and writer Claudia Rankine, Duke professor and author Laurent Dubois, and many more.
Events such as “When Will France Have Its Barack Obama?” will explore the differences in construction of identity in France in the US, while “Blacklisted: From Hollywood to Paris” will tackle questions of diversity, inclusion, and representation in French and American cinema.
The third annual Festival Albertine takes place November 2nd-6th at Albertine Books, located in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy (972 5th Avenue). The festival is free and open to the public. If you can’t make it, you can watch a live stream of the events at livestream.com/frenchembassy.