French Book Club
Meeting Date: first Monday of each month
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Author Autograph Gallery (basement)
Leader: Dr. Brigitte Roussel
Join the French Book club! They read & discuss books in French. This group meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the basement "Author Autograph Gallery." The group is led by Dr. Brigitte Roussel, who is an Associate Professor of French at WSU where she teaches French literature courses. She coordinates the exchange program between WSU and the University of Orleans in France, and she is involved in the Sister Cities partnership as well.
See what we're reading this quarter listed below.
A Short Introduction to French Book Club:
1. How would you characterize the French Book Club?
The French Book Club is definitely all in French, with speakers of moderate to advanced proficiency skills. However, people interested in attending and just listening are welcome. The group is an animated bunch who like to discuss ideas and characters until the cows go home! We usually close the house down. We are lucky the staff of Watermark is so friendly.
2. Which book has been the most popular, or caused the most lively discussion, or was noteworthy in any way? Why?
I am not sure that, in our ten years of existence (we celebrate the anniversary this fall), there is one single book that stands out. But I can definitely say that the books that create the most discussions are the ones we dislike. Yes, once in a while, there is a book that we all dislike intensely, and we can't stop talking about it!!! However, we also talk a lot about the ones we love. But we did notice that we tend to go on and on about the books that get us all crumpled up!
3. What might a new member expect when attending the French Book Club for the first time?
A newcomer to French Book Club can expect to hear a lot of French, including sometimes discussions about vocabulary and idioms. Once in a while, we will swtich to English to clarify a paticularly involved topic or point. Newcomers can also expect to meet very congenial members who are dedicated lovers of literature in all its forms and of all times. We read books from the Middle Ages to the present, and mix them for the sake of variety. We also read Francophone literature of authors from Quebec, Africa, Asia, and other French-speaking European countries.
January 8, 2018: Cinq meditations sur la beaute by Francois Cheng
*One week later than the regularly-scheduled meeting.
February 5, 2018: Et mon coeur transparent by Veronique Ovaide
March 5, 2018: L'enfant de la neige by Henri Gougaud