Award-winning author Gilles Leroy on tour in the South-East

September 22, 2015 | By Solene Vilchien

During his upcoming US tour, celebrated author Gilles Leroy will visit the Southeast from September 27th to October 1st.

A talented novelist, Gilles Leroy studied literature and developed a passion for American literature and the United States very early on, starting with a first trip in 1979. After working as a journalist for a few years, he returned to writing and published his first novel in 1987. His passion for the USA has influenced several of his books, particularly Alabama Song, his “American novel”, which was met with great public success and earned him the Prix Goncourt in 2007.   A work of fiction, the novel is based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of Francis Scott Fitzgerald, famed author of The Great Gatsby. Leroy pursued his career with published novels inspired by the US Southeast such as Zola Jackson, in which he portrays an African-American black woman from Mississippi in the midst of hurricane Katrina, and Nina Simone. In 2015, Gilles Leroy published a new semi-autobiographical novel, Le Monde selon Billy Boy.

Gilles Leroy will be in Atlanta on September 28th to host workshops at the Atlanta International School, where he will meet students of 11th and 12th grade classes and participate in a session with the Ensemble book club. The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa will welcome him on September 29th, before his visit to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, the final leg of his much-anticipated US tour. As Alexandre Durand, Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta stressed, “It is an amazing opportunity to welcome Gilles Leroy in the “Deep South”, a place which influenced his work in such a profound way. His interactions with Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee students promise to be exciting moments.”

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