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Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy
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Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy

Julia Billet

Julia Billet is an acclaimed French novelist and author of short stories, children's books, and poetry. Her award-winning La Guerre de Catherine (Rue de Sèvres, 2012) will be published in the United States as Catherine’s War (HarperCollins) on January 21st.  

By day, Julia Billet works in adult education and runs writing workshops. By night, she writes books for children and young adults, in which she proves herself to be a precise observer of existential human situations, political and cultural conflicts, and the status of outsiders in French society. Her book La guerre de Catherine, which won the Youth Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival and was nominated for various awards throughout Europe, is coming to an English-speaking audience this January.

About the Book: Catherine’s War

Catherine’s War is a magnificent narrative inspired by a true survival story that asks universal questions about a young girl’s coming of age story, her identity, her passions, and her first loves.

At the Sèvres Children’s Home outside Paris, Rachel Cohen has discovered her passion—photography. Although she hasn’t heard from her parents in months, she loves the people at her school, adores capturing what she sees in pictures, and tries not to worry too much about Hitler’s war. But as France buckles under the Nazi regime, danger closes in, and Rachel must change her name and go into hiding.

As Catherine Colin, Rachel Cohen is faced with leaving the Sèvres Home—and the friends she made there—behind. But she possesses an object with the power to remember—her beautiful camera. For the rest of the war, Catherine bears witness to her own journey and to countless heroes, whose courage and generosity save the lives of many, including her own.

Based on the author’s mother’s own experiences as a hidden child in France during World War II, Catherine’s War is one of the most accessible historical graphic novels featuring a powerful girl since Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi—perfect for fans of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, Anne Frank, or Helen Keller.

Translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger from French and illustrated by Claire Fauvel, Catherine’s War will be published on January 21st by HarperCollins.


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Photo by Patrick Jacques