Agnès Desarthe unveiled: writer, reader, translator

Agnès Desarthe unveiled: writer, reader, translator

French writer Agnès Desarthe's China Tour

Agnès Desarthe will take part in conferences, debates, and dramatized readings of her work. Book signings and discussions with her Chinese counterparts will also figure as part of her visit to China. An event will be dedicated to her at the Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing.

Read the interview Agnès Desarthe : always appear where they least expect you

Agnès Desarthe is the author of around 30 children’s books and nine novels. She has also translated the work of major authors including Loïs Lowry, Anne Fine, Cynthia Ozick, Jay McInerney and Virginia Woolf from English into French. Agnès Desarthe has received numerous awards for her talents as a writer and translator. In 1996, she was awarded the Inter Book Prize for An Unimportant Secret (translated into Chinese), and in August 2015 her most recent work This Changeable Heart, published by Éditions de l’Olivier, received Le Monde Literature Prize. Two of her novels, Five Photos of my Wife (2007) and An Unimportant Secret (2007), have been translated into Chinese and published in China. Some of her children’s books have also been published here, such as The Cat Brothers, Who Is the Most Beautiful? etc.



Dramatised reading by students of the Beijing French International High School

Every year, theatre students in grades 10 and 11 at the Lycée français undertake a challenge: to read extracts from a text in the presence of its author at the Beijing Institut français. In 2016, this reading will be centred on An Unimportant Secret by Agnès Desarthe – a signifacant novel in the context of the author’s career. The encounter is also an opportunity for the students and the author to swap thoughts about both this book and her work as a whole. 

10.03.2016 19:30
Free entrance
In French


Institut français of Beijing

Guangcai International Mansion, 18 Gongti Xilu

Chaoyang district, Beijing, Beijing


Phone : 010-6553 2627


11.03.2016 13:00
Price: 60 RMB
In French and English


Bookworm Library

Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing

(010) 6586 9507

Chaoyang district, Beijing, Beijing



13.03.2016 14:00


Sinan Mensions

N° 523 Middle Fuxing Road

Luwan district, Shanghai, Shanghai







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