Small Publishers Fair
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Small Publishers Fair

Celebrating the best in small publishing, Les Fugitives will be at the annual Small Publishers’ Fair in November.

Over 60 publishers from both the UK and abroad will be there staging readings, talks, and exhibitions, as well as hosting tables where there will be lots of original works to purchase.

Entrance is free and more information will be released closer to the start of the event. Last year’s event programme can be viewed here.

The Small Publishers’ Fair organisers will be posting updates from their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on the lead up to the fair.

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London Indie Press Book Fair
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

London Indie Press Book Fair

Also in October Les Fugitives will be taking part in the London Indie Press Book fair hosted by Dostoyevsky Wannabe and the Contemporary Small Press project. Some fabulous indie presses have been confirmed and the current list of can be found on the eventbrite page.

Come down and join us for an afternoon of music and book browsing!

Entrance to the fair is free but it would be helpful if interest can be shown by selecting the event on the Facebook page or by registering for the fair on eventbrite.

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New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival
Oct
5
10:30 AM10:30

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

In October Les Fugitives will be hosting a book stall as part of the New Suns feminist literary festival at the Barbican. Inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, the fair is set to host an array of events including workshops, talks, and screenings all exploring contemporary feminism and technology.

The festival will run from 10:30am to 5:30pm giving you a full day to enjoy a variety of free and ticketed events and browse book stalls by some of the UK’s best in feminist, indie publishing.

Les Fugitives’s eighth publication, This Tilting World, will be newly published at the time of New Suns so be sure to come down for a chance to grab some copies hot off the press!

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This Tilting World at Daunt Books
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

This Tilting World at Daunt Books

On September 18th, Colette Fellous will be in London, joined by her translator Sophie Lewis, and Michèle Roberts, to celebrate Fellous’s first book to be published in English. Come meet the author and listen to her reading an excerpt of the book in French; join in the Q&A, followed by a glass of wine as Daunt Books hosts us for the launch of This Tilting World. An ode to her native country, Tunisia, Fellous’s story is set in the devastating aftermath of the 2015 massacre at Sousse.

‘Colette Fellous’ beautiful book, humming and dancing with sensual intelligence, newly vivid in Sophie Lewis’s deft, delicate, agile version, takes change and translation as its very themes.’– Michèle Roberts

Tickets and more details here.

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WIELS Art Book Fair
Sep
7
to Sep 8

WIELS Art Book Fair

On 7 & 8 September Les Fugitives will be headed to Brussels for the WIELS Art Book Fair. The fair will bring together indie art publishers from all over the world for a weekend of readings, performances, book signings and more!

Entrance is free and open to the public.
More information on the event and attending publishers can be found here.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Translation Duel with Ros Schwartz
Aug
13
5:45 PM17:45

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Translation Duel with Ros Schwartz

Acclaimed French translators Vineet Lal and Ros Schwartz present their own interpretations of The Boy by Marcus Malte. Hosted by Daniel Hahn, three writers prove that each translation is its own creative work.

More info on location, tickets and the rest of the festival can be viewed here.

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The Uncorrected Independent Publisher's Fair
Jun
22
to Jun 23

The Uncorrected Independent Publisher's Fair

Join us the third weekend in June as The Pelican and Tangerine Press welcome Les Fugitives for The Uncorrected Independent Publisher’s Fair as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival.

The 4th installment of the fair brings together 9 of the UK’s most exciting independent presses. Prints, paperbacks and limited editions available for purchase at special event rates with readings from midday on Sunday 23rd.

More information on the event can be viewed here. A full list of Arts Festival events can be viewed here.

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Selfies Launch Event
Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

Selfies Launch Event

Selfies book launch: Monday 17th June.

Life imitates art! Inspired by self-portraits of women artists and characterised by Sylvie Weil’s self-deprecating humour, the episodes in this collection of literary selfies take us from Tokyo to Tel Aviv, from a 1950s Parisian school playground to Sunday lunches in leafy Vermont. There is laughter but also sorrow, love, loss and betrayal.

‘A beguiling series of vignettes, by turns wry, amusing and disturbing, inspired by self-portraits by women artists and reflecting on the images they provoke. An illuminating survey of the author’s various identities, in a fractured world, as mother, lover and writer.’ – Michèle Roberts

On June 17th, Sylvie Weil and her translator Ros Schwartz will be in conversation with Amanda Hopkinsonfor an uncensored evening spilling stories, followed by a glass of wine (to be enjoyed unspilled).   

Join us to celebrate the publication of this scintillating, multifaceted memoir, which can be purchased and signed by the author on the day.

Tickets can be purchased here

You can pre-order Selfies here

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Offprint London
May
17
to May 19

Offprint London

On the 17th, 18th and 19th of May we'll be in the Turbine Hall, at Tate Modern for Offprint London.

Entry is free – do come and say hello to us, and the wonderful Hotel who we’ll be sharing a table with!

And... there'll be the exclusive opportunity to pick up a copy of Sylvie Weil's Selfies tr. Ros Schwartz, one month ahead of official publication (25 June)!

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Conversation & Film Screening
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

Conversation & Film Screening

Conversation & Film Screening: Dramas from Divided Europe

German playwright Marius von Mayenburg and French author Noémi Lefebvre will be in conversation with British director Amy Hodge discussing their latest collaboration on The European Project. Looking at how economics and politics affect the individual, this collaboration follows up on 2017’s Brexit Shorts series.

7.30pm: screening of the Brexit Shorts; 8pm talk

More details and tickets can be found here

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Language Acts & Worldmaking
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Language Acts & Worldmaking

Roundtable with Mith Mireille Gansel, Ros Schwartz, Sarah Ardizzone & Faïza Guène

On 13th June, Mireille Gansel will be in London for Language Acts and Worldmaking, taking part to a roundtable with Ros Schwartz, their fellow award-winning French translator Sarah Ardizzone, and French author and director Faïza Guène.

Watch and listen here.

Video still from Language Acts and Worldmaking, 2018

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Mirelle Gansel & Ros Schwartz in Conversation
May
23
4:30 PM16:30

Mirelle Gansel & Ros Schwartz in Conversation

International Literature Festival: Mirelle Gansel & Ros Schwartz in Conversation with Michael Cronin

On Wednesday 23rd, Mireille Gansel, her translator Roz Schwartz and author Michael Cronin will be discussing Gansel’s English PEN Award winning essay-memoir Translation as Transhumance at Trinity College Dublin. A conversation on the art and act of translation, this event is part of the stellar line-up of this year’s International Literature Festival.  

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Noémi Lefebvre in Conversation with Eimear McBride
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Noémi Lefebvre in Conversation with Eimear McBride

Beyond Words Festival: Noémi Lefebvre in Conversation with Eimear McBride

On Thursday 17th Noémi Lefebvre will be in conversation with Eimear McBride, as well as French and Canadian authors Pierre Senges and Hélène Frédérick. Sophie Lewis, translator of Lefebvre’s virtuosic Blue Self-Portrait, will be chairing the talk in part of a packed program at the Institut français’ second ever Beyond Words festival.  

Image from Beyond Words Lit Fest, 2018

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Les Fugitives, Sarah Cleave, John Mitchinson & Thea Lenarduzzi Discuss Independent Publishing
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Les Fugitives, Sarah Cleave, John Mitchinson & Thea Lenarduzzi Discuss Independent Publishing

On Wednesday 16th we are pleased to be joining Sarah Cleave of Comma Press; writer and publisher John Mitchinson; and the TLS’s commissioning editor Thea Lenarduzzi, at BookMachine London, to discuss the present-day boom in independent publishing, and its future prospects. 

Image from BookMachine, 2018

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Translation as Transhumance in Conversation
Apr
25
4:30 PM16:30

Translation as Transhumance in Conversation

Translation as Transhumance in Conversation with Preti Taneja & Ros Schwartz

A conversation between novelist, activist and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Warwick Preti Taneja and award-winning translator from the French Ros Schwartz.

Mireille Gansel’s lyrical memoir Translation as Transhumance, translated by Schwartz, is an exploration of ‘the role of literature in making for a more interconnected and humane world’ (Eva Hoffman).

The event will be of interest to anyone working in language, translation, literature or history, and will touch on memory, exile, ethics, poetry, writing as activism, and the power of translation to connect us all.

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Translation as Transhumance PEN Panel Discussion
Mar
13
5:00 PM17:00

Translation as Transhumance PEN Panel Discussion

A PEN panel discussion on 'humanist translation', poetry and memory.
Renowned poets and translators discuss the estrangement every translator experiences moving between languages, and how translation can become an exercise of empathy between those in exile.
Copies of the award-winning Translation as Transhumance will be available for sale and signing after the discussion. Cambridge PEN will also be taking the speakers out for a meal after the event and anyone welcome to come along to carry on chatting!

Photograph by Jean-Yves Masson

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Sophie Herxheimer, Ros Schwartz & Cécile Menon in Conversation with Bidisha
Mar
4
3:30 PM15:30

Sophie Herxheimer, Ros Schwartz & Cécile Menon in Conversation with Bidisha

Jewish Book Week: Sophie Herxheimer, Ros Schwartz & Cécile Menon in Conversation with Bidisha

Poet Sophie Herxheimer, translator Ros Schwartz and Les Fugitives founder Cécile Menon joined Bidisha at Jewish Book Week 2018 to discuss the relationship between writer, translator and reader.

The discussion, Between the Lines, can be viewed here.

Image from Kings Place, 2018

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Translation as Transhumance Launch Event
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Translation as Transhumance Launch Event

Author Mireille Gansel and translator Ros Schwartz, in conversation with Amanda Hopkinson, co-founder of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme
Join us here for a short, celebratory conversation and reading of excerpts of Translation as Transhumance in French and in English, followed by drinks and mingling.
Winner of an English PEN Award, the book presents a compassionate meditation on the art of translation that also serves as a moving account of wartime danger, hospitality, and human kinship.

Photograph by Christopher Andreou (@DeLaBagel)

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Blue Self-Portrait Launch Event
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Self-Portrait Launch Event

On Thursday 15th June 2017 Les Fugitives will be celebrating the publication of Noémi Lefebvre's debut novel Blue Self-Portrait at the Review bookshop, London, where the author will be talking about her work with critic Jonathan Gibbs (@Tiny_Camels).
A smart, angst-ridden and comical exploration of 20th-century false notes, misprisions and earworms, this will be our third title. The event and publication are generously supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Photograph by Catherine Hélie

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Alexis Jenni, Emmanuelle Pagano, Mathias Malzieu & Ananda Devi in Conversation
May
14
3:00 PM15:00

Alexis Jenni, Emmanuelle Pagano, Mathias Malzieu & Ananda Devi in Conversation

Beyond Words Festival: Alexis Jenni, Emmanuelle Pagano, Mathias Malzieu & Ananda Devi in Conversation

On Sunday afternoon 14th May, Ananda Devi will take part to 'French Passions', a collective event featuring Emmanuelle Pagano, best-selling author Mathias Malzieu and debut novel Goncourt winner Alexis Jenni,  as part of the Beyond Words Festival, at Dulwich Books, London.

Image from Beyond Words Lit Fest, 2017

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Ananda Devi & Emmanuelle Pagano in Conversation
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Ananda Devi & Emmanuelle Pagano in Conversation

Beyond Words Festival: Ananda Devi & Emmanuelle Pagano in Conversation

We are thrilled to announce that Ananda Devi is coming to the InstitutFrancaisLondon on May 13th 2017 for the brand new series of literary and art events Beyond Words Festival! Book your tickets at www.beyondwordsfest.co.uk

In a talk chaired by translator and editor Sophie Lewis, Ananda Devi will speak about her novel Eve out of Her Ruins (Les Fugitives/CB editions), in conversation with fellow author Emmanuelle Pagano (Trysting, tr. by Sophie Lewis & Jennifer Higgins). Tango will with the common thread theme of their conversation, assorted with readings of excerpts in French and in English.

Why tango? The question of the interaction between men and women is very much present in both Devi and Pagano's books. It is often problematic, sometimes to the point of violence, which is in keeping with the spirit of tango. In Pagano's work the idea of a choregraphy between the bodies of the lovers is fundamental: it can be seen through the way that look at each other or even through small gestures of affection, which become highly symbolical. In Devi's work, the atmosphere is one of physical attraction and of fascination, notably the fascination a strong young woman can generate in her male counterparts, who can never fully possess her.

Image from Beyond Words Lit Fest, 2017

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