BOOK CLUB

BOOK CLUB

This year, Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) and Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) are teaming up to create a “theatre” book club. This series of round-table meetings will be an opportunity to discuss the plays performed during the 2019-2020 season, or in the near future. Hadrien Volle, TfT’s Cultural Outreach Officer, will delve into the texts, to shine a light on their themes and their meaning, and exchange opinions with the participants. Everyone is welcome to join the club, whether they are new to the art world, an experienced theatre enthusiast, or simply seeking insights before attending a live performance of one of those plays. The only prerequisites needed are curiosity and the desire to engage in discussions. The discussions will be held in French only.
FEE: $10 per meeting. $40 for all six meetings.

This year, Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) and Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) are teaming up to create a “theatre” book club. This series of round-table meetings will be an opportunity to discuss the plays performed during the 2019-2020 season, or in the near future. Hadrien Volle, TfT’s Cultural Outreach Officer, will delve into the texts, to shine a light on their themes and their meaning, and exchange opinions with the participants. Everyone is welcome to join the club, whether they are new to the art world, an experienced theatre enthusiast, or simply seeking insights before attending a live performance of one of those plays. The only prerequisites needed are curiosity and the desire to engage in discussions. The discussions will be held in French only.  

FEE: $10 per meeting. $40 for all six meetings. 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 3, 2019 (6 pm): LA CANTATRICE CHAUVE

La Cantatrice chauve is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco. Nicolas Bataille directed the premiere on 11 May 1950 at the Théâtre des Noctambules, Paris. The Smiths are a traditional couple from London who have invited another couple, the Martins, over for a visit. They are joined later by the Smiths' maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary's lover. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7 (6 pm): LA CHUTE

La Chute is a philosophical novel by Albert Camus. First published in 1956, it is his last complete work of fiction. Set in Amsterdam, La Chute consists of a series of dramatic monologues by the self-proclaimed "judge-penitent" Jean-Baptiste Clamence, as he reflects upon his life to a stranger. In what amounts to a confession, Clamence tells of his success as a wealthy Parisian defense lawyer who was highly respected by his colleagues.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2020 (6 pm): EXERCICE DE L'OUBLI

Exercice de l’oubli is a play by Emma Haché shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Award in Drama and published by Lansman Éditeur. A woman visits a man in the hospital. Their often comical, conversations progressively reveal past troubles and the intensity of their love, the only residue of a memory ravaged by the aftermath of a serious accident.

THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2020 (6 pm): JACK

Jack is a play by Marie-Pierre Proulx first produced by Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario in 2018. While travelling across America, Alexandra comes across a lone tree, deep in the Nevada desert, its branches laden with shoes. But her journey also leads her to Jack, her grandfather.

THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2020 (6 pm): BÉRÉNICE

Bérénice is a five-act tragedy by the French 17th-century playwright Jean Racine. Following the death of Titus' father, Vespasian, everyone now assumes that Titus will finally be free to marry his beloved Bérénice. But his best friend, Antiochus, also has feelings for the Queen of Palestine.

THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020 (6 pm): LA PLUS GROSSE POUTINE DU MONDE

La Plus Grosse poutine du monde is a novel by Andrée Poulin awarded the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Le Droit Literary Award. Thomas can’t get past the memory of his fifth birthday, when his mother made him a delicious poutine: the best in the world! Thanks to this happy memory, he decides to make the same recipe but this time in unparalleled quantities, determined to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

LOCATION :
Meetings are taking place at l’Alliance française de Toronto.
Downtown Campus :
24 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2S7

BOOKS :
Books can be purchased from LA MOSAÏQUE bookstore:
(647) 975-8800

1684 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6N 1H8
or through online sellers such as Amazon or Renaud-Bray.
For additional information, please get in touch with Hadrien Volle at 416-534-7303 extension 25

ONLINE PURCHASE :

$10 per meeting or $40 for all 6 meetings. Those fees do not include the books which must be purchased independently from the book club . 

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