Day Three of World Writers’ Festival

September 23, 2013

The final day of the World Writers' Festival featured an impressive lineup of writers, along with a musical performance, two opportunities to go on An Architectural and Literary Walking Tour of Paris, and the closing conversation with Salman Rushdie. Sessions included the following:

  • Poetry Readings, by Dany Laferrière, Cécile Mainardi, Michael Ondaatje and Jacques Réda, at Maison de la Poésie
  • Exile, a conversation of five writers – Lila Azam Zanganeh, Ishmael Beah, Antonio Skármeta, Ma Jian and Kerenn Elkaim - about the impact exile has had on their work as observers and documenters of the human condition
  • Fact and Fiction, featuring four writers – Walter Mosley, Deborah Eisenberg, Ma Jian, Lila Azam Zanganeh and Carol Gluck – who discuss whether there is anything more real than imagination
  • Sandro Veronesi in Conversation, at Reid Hall
  • Vassilis Alexakis in Conversation – Native Tongue, at Reid Hall
  • France - America — a discussion led by Amin Maalouf with this year's acclaimed winners of the France-Ameriques Prize, Edmund White and Bertrand Van Ruymbeke — at Reid Hall
  • A musical interlude with Véronique Ovaldé and Bertrand Soulier, at Maison de la Poésie
  • Salman Rushdie in Conversation, at the Louvre

Videos of most festival events will be posted on line in the coming days. Please check the home page soon to watch recordings of the events.



The final day of the World Writers' Festival opened with a walking tour of literary and historical sites.

—Photographs by Jeff Ballinger and Khanh Renaud