November 17, 2021

Lauren Elkin and Lauren Collins in Conversation

Entre Nous
Reid Hall | 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris | Online (Hybrid event)
Free and open to the public (pass sanitaire required)

Join The American Library in Paris, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination for the second in-person conversation of #EntreNousSeries.

A public transport vigil, an observation of the world through the screen of her phone and from the height of her bus seat, a study of the counterpoint between the everyday and the Event, No. 91/92: A Diary of a Year on the Bus follows Elkin on her daily commutes from her apartment in the 5th Arrondissement to her teaching job in the 7th. The book, a love letter to Paris that unfolds over the course of the 2014-15 academic year, is also a meditation on how the city has changed in two decades, evolving from the twentieth century into the twenty-first, from analog to digital.

*The discussion will be available both online and in-person. While the conversation will happen in-person (Elkin and Collins will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

In compliance with French regulations, in order to enter Reid Hall, all guests must provide a pass sanitaire with proof of either full vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

Seating is limited.


Lauren Elkin’s writing on books, art, and culture have appeared in a variety of international publications including the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and Le Monde, among many others. A scholar of literature, Elkin has taught at New York University, the American University of Paris, the University of Liverpool, and the Université de Paris-Denis Diderot. Elkin’s last book, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Lauren Collins began contributing to the New Yorker in 2003 and became a staff writer in 2008. She is the author of When in French: Love in a Second Language, which the Times named as one of its 100 Notable Books of 2016. She is working on a second book, about a coup d’état perpetrated by white supremacists in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898, and its effects on the city during the past 120 years.

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This conversation is part of the Entre Nous series organized in partnership with the The American Library in Paris and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

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