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Bilingual Book Group

About this course

Looking for a good read and stimulating discussion? Join WICE's monthly Bilingual Book Group and exchange perspectives in an informal and friendly environment.

Books are chosen by members and the selection reflects their broad tastes and origins. We select books published in French and English and participants are encouraged to contribute in whichever language is more comfortable to them.

The Bilingual Book Group is free for WICE Members, so why not become a WICE Member now?

Registration required; seats are limited.

If you would like more information or if you have questions, please email


    • 09 Jun 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris
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    Little Starhorodivka, a village of three streets, lies in the Grey Zone, the no-man’s-land between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists who have taken over the country’s east. Only two residents remain: beekeeper Sergey Sergeyich and Pashka, his “frenemy” from his schooldays. Sergey Sergeyich has survived the long Ukrainian winter, the street he lives on has no electricity, his meagre food stocks are dwindling and the villages in the area are deserted except for the few diehards who decide to stay.

    Set in 2014 after the Russian invasion of Crimea and the start of the separatist war in Eastern Ukraine, Andrey Kurkov’s Grey Bees explores reality from Sergey’s point of view, looking at the plight of individuals caught in conflict, the solitude of war and the meaning of identity.

    Grey Bees was awarded the 2022 National Book Critics Circle award for Translated Fiction; In France it received the 2022 Prix Médicis du roman étranger.

    "Ukraine's most famous novelist unsparingly examines the inhuman confusions of our modern times and the longing of the warm-hearted everyman." -Financial Times.

    "Le roman “Les Abeilles grises” est la lecture indispensable de ces temps de guerre. La littérature comme antidote à la barbarie et au désespoir." -Les Echos

    Registrations Open May 13 2023.

Past events

12 May 2023 WY1201 Nos richesses (Our Riches / A Bookshop in Algiers) by Kaouther Adimi
14 Apr 2023 WA141 The First Day of Spring (Le Premier Jour du Printemps) by Nancy Tucker
10 Mar 2023 WM1001 Trio (Trio, Éditions Seuil), by William Boyd
10 Feb 2023 WF101 - The Siege (La Faim), by Helen Dunmore
13 Jan 2023 WJ131 - The Catcher in the Rye (L'Attrape-cœurs) by J.D. Salinger.
09 Dec 2022 WD091 Bilingual Book Group "Small Things Like These" (Ce genre de petites choses), by Claire Keegan
18 Nov 2022 WN181 Bilingual Book Group "The Hummingbird" (Le Colibri/Il Colibri), by Sandro Veronesi
14 Oct 2022 WO141 Bilingual Book Group "What's Left of Me Is Yours" (Ce qu'il me reste de toi), by Sephanie Scott (Meet the Author)
09 Sep 2022 WS91 Bilingual Book Group "The Promise" (La Promesse), by Damon Galgut
10 Jun 2022 WU101: Summer Light, and Then Comes The Night (Lumière d'été, puis vient la nuit / Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
13 May 2022 WM111 Bilingual Book Group: Il treno dei Bambini (Le Train des enfants/The Children's Train) by Viola Ardone
08 Apr 2022 WA081 Bilingual Book Group: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (10 minutes et 38 secondes dans ce monde étrange) by Elif Shafak
11 Mar 2022 WM111 Bilingual Book Group: "Love After Love" - Ingrid Persaud (Meet the Author & Translator)
11 Feb 2022 WF111 Bilingual Book Group: Heart of Darkness (Au cœur des ténèbres) by Joseph Conrad
14 Jan 2022 WJ141 The Women of the Castle (Château de femmes) by Jessica Shattuck
10 Dec 2021 WD101 Here We Are (Le grand jeu) by Graham Swift
19 Nov 2021 WN051 Runaway (Fugitives) by Alice Munro (Group 2)
08 Oct 2021 W081 Bilingual Book Group : Frère d'âme (At Night All Blood is Black) by David Diop
10 Sep 2021 WS101 Bilingual Book Group : While Paris Slept (L'enfant du train) by Ruth Druart
11 Dec 2020 WD111 Bilingual Books: Where the Crawdads Sing (Là où chantent les écrevisses) by Delia Owens
03 Oct 2014 Book Group - "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers
30 May 2014 Book club: "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing
25 Apr 2014 Bilingual Book Group - Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
04 Apr 2014 Bilingual Book Group: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
07 Mar 2014 Bilingual Book Group: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
07 Feb 2014 WF007 Bilingual Book Group "A Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers
10 Jan 2014 WJ101 Bilingual Book Group - "Notre Dame du Nil" by Scholastique Mukasonga
13 Dec 2013 WD131 Bilingual Books - Julian Barnes - The Sense of an Ending
08 Nov 2013 WN081 - Bilingual Books - Françoise Hertier: Le Sel de la Vie
04 Oct 2013 WO041 - Bilingual Books - Kate Atkinson: Life after Life
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