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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



    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
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    Bilingual Book Group

    12 MAR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

    Registrations Open February 13 2020

    WM121 - Boquitas pintadas (Heartbreak Tango / Le plus beau tango du monde) by Manuel Puig  

    One of Manuel Puig’s most compelling novels, Boquitas Pintadas (Heartbreak Tango) plunges the reader into a world of intrigue, prejudice, betrayal and sexual jealousy.  Puig sets the tale in a small town on the pampas, providing him with a wonderful backdrop to explore social codes and play on the tensions between reality and appearances.

    Boquitas Pintadas has recently been reissued, giving a new generation the chance to enjoy the narrative skills and descriptive flair of this Argentine novelist and screenwriter. 


    Puig's early passion for the movies is evident both in his narrative style, which relies heavily on dialogue, and in the lives of his characters, where the glamorous and idealized world of films serves as a counterpoint to their own disappointments.’ Paris Review.

     ‘A brilliant, forceful, melancholic arabesque of a novel, the tone reminiscent of Bertolucci's freer moments.’ Kirkus Reviews

    • 26 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote on Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    26 MARCH 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Registrations Open March 2 2021

    The General of the Dead Army is Ismail Kadaré’s best-known novel, a moving and timely meditation on war and its consequences that established him as a leading literary figure worldwide. 

    It tells the story of an Italian general in the company of a quarrelsome priest on a mission to recover the remains of his soldiers, who had fallen some 20 years earlier.

    In 1996 Kadaré became a lifetime member of France’s Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques and in 2005 won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize.

    Kadaré is ‘a universal writer in the tradition of storytelling that goes back to Homer.’ John Carey, Committee Chair, Man Booker International Prize 2005

    ‘Kadaré has been compared to Kafka and Orwell, but his is an original voice, at once universal and deeply rooted in his own soil.’ The Paris Review.

     Pic : @AFP

    • 09 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote on Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    09 APR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Vladimir Nabokov's portrayal of love as outrage and obsession was one of the most controversial novels of the 20th century. The story of the ageing Humbert Humbert's all-devouring, doomed passion for 12-year-old Dolores Haze is simultaneously repulsive and compelling. Writers such as Martin Amis and Brian Boyd have positioned Nabokov as one of the greatest writers of the century. Reading Lolita has been described as a dive into some of the finest writing ever committed to a page.

    ‘Lolita is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ... a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes.’ Time

    ‘Lolita est une œuvre à part, qui suscite le malaise autant que la fascination, qui dérange autant qu'il séduit.’ France Inter.

    Registrations Open March 13 2020

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 14 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    14 MAY 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    • 04 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • REMOTE on-line via Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group Special Event

    4 June 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

     For France’s annual “Semaine de l’Amérique latine et des Caraïbes” (SALC), Jamaican writer and WICE member Alecia McKenzie will join translator and teacher Frédérique Brisepierre for a discussion of literary translation, moderated by Catherine Field, coordinator of the WICE Bilingual Book Group.

    Frédérique Brisepierre has translated Ms. McKenzie’s most recent novel A MILLION AUNTIES / LES INSENSÉS, which is set in the Caribbean, the United States and France.

    The New York Times review of the novel can be read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/books/review/a-million-aunties-alecia-mckenzie.html)

    • 11 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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    Friday, 11 June 2021

    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Registrations open Saturday 15 May

Past events

26 Feb 2021 WF261 - Bilingual Books: Convenience Store Woman (La fille de la supérette) by Sayaka Murata
12 Feb 2021 WF121 Bilingual Books: You Will Be Safe Here (Tout Ira Bien) by Damian Barr
22 Jan 2021 WJ221 Bilingual Books: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (La Taupe)
08 Jan 2021 WJ081 Bilingual Books: Middle England (Le Cœur de l'Angleterre) by Jonathan Coe (Remote)
11 Dec 2020 WD111 Bilingual Books: Where the Crawdads Sing (Là où chantent les écrevisses) by Delia Owens
27 Nov 2020 WN271 Bilingual Books: A Gentleman in Moscow (Un gentleman à Moscou) by Amor Towles.
13 Nov 2020 WN201 Bilingual Books: Homegoing (No Home) by Yaa Gyasi (New Date)
09 Oct 2020 WO091 Bilingual Books: La porte des enfers (Hell’s Gate) by Laurent Gaudé
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
11 Sep 2020 WS111 Bilingual Books: All We Shall Know (Tout ce que nous allons savoir) by Donal Ryan (Remote Online)
16 Jun 2020 WA141 Bilingual Books: The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1) - REMOTE
12 Jun 2020 WU171 Bilingual Books: David Young, Stasi Child (Thriller Genre Talk)
02 Jun 2020 WY121 Bilingual Books (Historical Book Series): Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation - REMOTE
08 May 2020 WA171 Bilingual Books: Sándor Márai, Embers [Les Braises] - REMOTE
24 Apr 2020 WM131 Bilingual Books: Madeline Miller, Circe - REMOTE
26 Mar 2020 WO151 Bilingual Books: Alias Grace - REMOTE
14 Feb 2020 WF141 Bilingual Books: Tender is the Night (Tendre est la nuit)
11 Feb 2020 WN191 Bilingual Books: Suite Francaise (New date)
14 Jan 2020 WD171 Bilingual Books: The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1) (New Date)
10 Jan 2020 WJ101 Bilingual Books: Fernando Aramburu, Patria (Homeland)
13 Dec 2019 WD131 Bilingual Books: Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) (New Date pending in June 2020)
15 Nov 2019 WN151 Bilingual Books: Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel)
11 Oct 2019 WO111 Bilingual Books: The Road Home (La route du retour)
13 Sep 2019 WS131 Bilingual Books: The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, (L'Arabe du futur) 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir
14 Jun 2019 WU141 Bilingual Books: The Yacoubian Building (L'Immeuble Yacoubian) by Alaa Al Aswany
17 May 2019 WY171 Bilingual Books: Cutting for Stone (La porte des larmes) by Abraham Verghese
12 Apr 2019 WA121 Bilingual Books: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf) by Edward Albee
15 Mar 2019 WM081 Bilingual books: Nutshell (Dans une coque de noix) by Ian McEwan
08 Feb 2019 WF081 Bilingual books: Eva Dorme (Eva Sleeps) by Francesca Melandri
11 Jan 2019 WJ111 Bilingual books: D'après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) by Delphine de Vigan
14 Dec 2018 WD141 Bilingual books: Days Without End (Des jours sans fin) by Sebastian Barry
16 Nov 2018 WN161 Bilingual books: White Tears (Larmes blanches) by Hari Kunzru
12 Oct 2018 WO121 Bilingual books: Never Let Me Go (Auprès de moi toujours) by Kazuo Ishiguro
14 Sep 2018 WS141 Bilingual books: Indiana by George Sand
08 Jun 2018 WU081 Bilingual books: Édouard Louis, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (The End of Eddy)
18 May 2018 WY181 Bilingual books: Philip Roth, American Pastoral (Pastorale américaine)
13 Apr 2018 WA131 Bilingual books: Nancy Huston, Fault Lines (Lignes de faille)
09 Mar 2018 WM091 Bilingual books: Jose Saramago, Blindness (L'aveuglement)
09 Feb 2018 WF091 Bilingual books: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (La route étroite vers le nord lointain)
12 Jan 2018 WJ121 Bilingual books: Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma (La Chartreuse de Parme)
08 Dec 2017 WD081 Bilingual books: Alecia McKenzie, Sweetheart (Trésor)
10 Nov 2017 WN101 Bilingual books: Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (L'amie prodigieuse)
13 Oct 2017 WO131 Bilingual books: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce (Les Saisons de la solitude)
15 Sep 2017 WS091 Bilingual books: Anne Enright, The Gathering (Retrouvailles)
09 Jun 2017 EU091 Bilingual Books: L'Étranger by Albert Camus & Meursault, Contre Enquête (The Meursault Investigation) by Kamel Daoud
12 May 2017 EY121 Bilingual Book Group: "The Harder They Come" by T.C. Boyle
21 Apr 2017 EA211 Bilingual Book Group: "The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish: My Life in Churchill's School for Spies" by Noreen Riols
10 Mar 2017 EM101 Bilingual Book group "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang
10 Feb 2017 EF101 Bilingual Book Group: "The Wound" ("Des Hommes") by Laurent Mauvignier
13 Jan 2017 EJ131 Bilingual Book Group - "Bel Ami" by Guy de Maupassant
02 Dec 2016 ED021 Bilingual Books: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
04 Nov 2016 EN041 Bilingual Book Group: "The Universe of Stone" by Philip Ball
07 Oct 2016 EO071 Bilingual Book Group: "Us" by David Nicholls
10 Jun 2016 Bilingual Books "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
13 May 2016 Bilingual book group; "The Custom of the Country" By Edith Wharton
08 Apr 2016 Bilingual Book Group "Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Wolff
11 Mar 2016 Bilingual Books "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
12 Feb 2016 Bilingual Book Group "An Officer and a Spy" by Robert Harris
08 Jan 2016 Bilingual Book Group "La Peste" ("The Plague") by Albert Camus
13 Nov 2015 Bilingual Books "NW" by Zadie Smith
24 Oct 2015 AO241 - Cyrano de Bergerac - VIP Theater Event
05 Jun 2015 Book Group "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway
15 May 2015 Book Group: "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson
03 Apr 2015 Book Group - " Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
06 Mar 2015 Book Group - "The American" by Henry James
06 Feb 2015 Book group - "Someone" by Alice McDermott
09 Jan 2015 Book Group: "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin
05 Dec 2014 Book Group: "The Accidental Tourist" by Anne Tyler
07 Nov 2014 Book Group - The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
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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