Will Self will be at the renowned Parisian bookshop Shakespeare & Company this summer, which is staging its festival from June 18 to 20 in the park René Viviani, opposite Notre Dame. On the Friday he will be in conversation with Janine di Giovanni and will give a reading from his novel Dorian. On the Saturday he will be in conversation with Martin Amis.
This year’s theme will be “Storytelling and Politics” and will explore the way writers depict, transform and influence their environment. What role does the imagination play in the world today? Who are today’s storytellers and what are the most influential narratives? Can a work of fiction reflect society without being political? Do writers have a particular responsibility? Should literature engage with the world, or offer respite from it? Authors will discuss these issues amongst others and look at the importance of literature in our present cultural and political climate.
For further details, visit Shakespeare & Company’s website here.