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Writing Out Loud: The Importance of Storytelling in Growing up as a Writer


When: Saturday, May 3
Where: Le Skyroom, The French Institute Alliance Française: 22 East 60th St.
What time: 5–6 p.m.

With Fatou Diome & Pam Muñoz Ryan; moderated by Ben Schrank

Tickets: $12/$8 PEN and FIAF members and students

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-4100. Tickets are also available by fax or in person from  FIAF’s box office.

Copresented by the French Institute Alliance Française

How does one come to literature? What shapes creative ambition? Is the urge to write cultivated through hearing stories as a child, reading books as an adolescent, or perhaps by some other nameless force? The French Institute Alliance Française presents best-selling writers Fatou Diome and Pam Muñoz Ryan in this second discussion as part of World Nomads. Both authors have traced literary inspiration to tales their grandmothers told them as young girls. From their homes in northern California and a small island in southern Senegal, the writers come together to unearth the moving power of the folk tales of their childhoods.

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