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French Author Colombe Schneck in Texas


Colombe Schneck © Jean-François Paga

Dallas, Corsicana & Austin, TX

May 18-20, 2024

From May 18 to 20, French author Colombe Schneck will be on tour in Texas to promote the US release of her book, Swimming in Paris, with the support of Villa Albertine.

Don’t miss Colombe Schneck’s public lectures and conversation with American authors Merritt Tierce and Szilvia Molnar, in Dallas, Corsicana, and Austin, TX:

May 18 at 5:00pm at The Wild Detectives in Dallas (with author Merritt Tierce)

May 19 at 2:00pm at Storefront in Corsicana (with author Merritt Tierce)

May 20 at 7:00pm at First Light Books in Austin (with author Szilvia Molnar)

About Swimming in Paris

A stunning autofictional triptych of a woman’s life in three stories (Seventeen, Friendship, and Swimming: A Love Story), Swimming in Paris marks the first English translation from the award-winning and bestselling French author Colombe Schneck.

Swimming in Paris is a decades-long exploration of sexuality, abortion, friendship, femininity, death, and the complicated relationships that women so often have with their own bodies. Whether conjuring a teenage abortion in the midst of a privileged Parisian upbringing, the tenderness of a long friendship, or unexpected romances, Schneck’s prose exudes an unwavering honesty, elegance, and intimacy.

Written in a style that evokes Annie Ernaux’s precise and intimate work on social milieu and sexuality and Deborah Levy’s profound exploration of what it means to be a woman with desires and creative ambition in this world, Swimming in Paris is a powerful meditation on a lifelong journey to reclaim the female body, accepting it for all its frailties and learning to celebrate its strength.  

Swimming in Paris is published in the US by Penguin Press (release date: May 14, 2024), and translated into English by award-winning translators Natasha Lehrer and Lauren Elkin, whose exquisite work will introduce a celebrated literary voice to a rapidly growing international readership.  

About Colombe Schneck

Colombe Schneck is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and the author of twelve fiction and nonfiction books. She has received prizes from the Académie française, Madame Figaro, and the Société des gens de lettres. The recipient of a scholarship from the Villa Medici in Rome as well as a Stendhal grant from the Institut français, she was born and educated in Paris, where she still lives. 

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