Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 PM ET
Pre-Publication Book Launch:
Violaine Huisman presents The Book of Mother
In Conversation with Nadja Spiegelman
Greenlight (virtually!) welcomes Violaine Huisman, local author and longtime former director of BAM’s literary programming, for the pre-publication launch of her debut novel The Book of Mother, a prizewinning tour de force when it was first published in France and now newly translated into English by Leslie Camhi. Beautiful and charismatic, Catherine, a.k.a. “Maman,” smokes too much, drives too fast, laughs too hard, and loves too extravagantly, but when Maman is hospitalized after a third divorce and a breakdown, everything changes, and her daughter Violaine must revisit her own traumatic childhood and adolescence. Lauded as "an unforgettable meditation on the searing pain of loss and the enduring power of love" (Caroline Weber, Proust's Duchess), The Book of Mother is a gorgeous, ferocious, exquisitely wrought story of a daughter’s inextinguishable love for her magnetic, mercurial mother. Huisman is joined by Nadja Spiegelman, author of the memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, for a conversation on mothers, fiction versus memoir, international literature, and more.
Violaine Huisman photo credit: B. Sheehan
Nadja Spiegelman photo credite: Bek Andersen
Greenlight is delighted to partner with local author Violaine Huisman to offer exclusive signed copies of her forthcoming book The Book of Mother, available for preorder now!
If you would like a signed copy and/or special inscription or personalization, you must indicate your request in Order Comments at checkout (or your order may be filled with an unsigned copy). The author will be signing on Wednesday October 6, 2021, and orders for personalized copies can be placed up until Tuesday October 5, 11:59PM. Books will be shipped or available for pickup around Wednesday October 6th.
A prizewinning tour de force when it was published in France, Violaine Huisman’s remarkable debut novel is about a daughter’s inextinguishable love for her magnetic, mercurial mother. Beautiful and charismatic, Catherine, a.k.a. “Maman,” smokes too much, drives too fast, laughs too hard, and loves too extravagantly. During a joyful and chaotic childhood in Paris, her daughter Violaine wouldn’t have it any other way.
A gorgeous, critically acclaimed debut novel about a young woman coming of age with a dazzling yet damaged mother who lived and loved in extremes.
The sights . . . the sounds . . . the SMELLS New York's crowded subway system is known for many things, but being easy on a lost kid isn't one of them.
A damsel to the rescue Raised by a mean ogre of a father who eats his opponents for dinner, Blancaflor is often told not to show off her own considerable powers for fear of scaring off suitors. When a prince falls from the sky and wakes up in her lap, she is spellbound and moves heaven and earth to help the endearing, yet not so clever, young man, all while trying not to let him know. With their trademark magnificent brio, Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García Sánchez update a classic tale extolling the strength and resourcefulness of women.