The nearby suburb of Vincennes is hosting the 5th edition of their biannual interdisciplinary literary festival devoted to North American culture. Opening on Thu, this year’s Festival America focuses on cities including LA, Vancouver, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Havana, with over 60 authors participating in a rich and star-studded series of debates, literary cafés, concerts, readings and interviews. Writers of the calibre of Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Dan Fante, Colum McCann, James Frey, Joseph Boyden, Claire Messud, Lydia Lunch and Joseph O’Neill are making the trip. Some highlights include a soirée on Fri 24 at 9pm with French director Jacques Audiard (Le Prophète), Bret Easton Ellis, Barry Gifford, Steve Erickson and Bertrand Tavernier discussing the intersection of cinema and fiction, followed by a screening of David Lynch’s ‘Wild at Heart’. On Saturday 2.40pm Bret Easton Ellis returns to discuss his latest book Imperial Bedrooms. Underground icon Lydia Lunch will be speaking on Sun at 11am, followed by Jay McInerney at noon. And on it goes. Download a PDF, in French, of the complete program online.
Thu 23-Sun 26 Sep. www.festival-america.org. 01 43 98 65 09