An evening with Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Sam Taylor, in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith
‘Spare, elegant and poetic, this slender novel is quietly devastating’
Eithne Farry, Daily Mail
Join us for an evening with Jean-Baptiste Andrea, the author of the huge French bestseller A Hundred Million Years and a Day, and the book’s award-winning translator Sam Taylor, in conversation with director of the European Literature Network, Rosie Goldsmith.
Published in English by Gallic Books and shortlisted for the Grand Prix de l’Académie Française, A Hundred Million Years and a Day is a gripping, poignant and cinematic tale of friendship, adventure and the fine line between dreams and obsession. It follows Stan, an ageing palaeontologist who hears a rumour of a skeleton in the mountains between France and Italy – a fossil which could prove a huge scientific discovery and finally make his career. With an old friend, an eccentric protégé and an aloof guide, he sets off to discover the legend. But as the weather turns, obsession sets in, and the poignant friendship within the group will be pushed to its limits.
This evening is the occasion to discuss Jean-Baptiste Andrea’s career to date, the writing and translation of A Hundred Million Years and a Day, and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Wed 8 July 6.30pm
Register for free here
About our guests:
Jean-Baptiste Andrea is a director, screenwriter and author, whose film credits include Dead End with Ray Wise and Alexandra Holden and Big Nothing with Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer. His 2017 debut Ma Reine was a huge critical success, winning 12 literary prizes, including the Prix du Premier Roman and the Prix Femina des Lycéens. A Hundred Million Years and a Day is his first book to be published in English.
Sam Taylor is a former Observer journalist and the award-winning translator of novels including HHhH, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair and Lullaby.
Rosie Goldsmith is the founder and director of the European Literature Network, an organisation devoted to excellent writing from Europe translated into English. A SONY-award-winning journalist specialising in arts and foreign affairs, Goldsmith spent twenty years at the BBC, travelling the world and presenting flagship programmes such as Crossing Continents, A World In Your Ear, Open Book and Front Row.