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Le Book Club: Our Riches (9/3)

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In this monthly Book Club, open to all levels of French, we will read books about French culture and history, or written by Francophone authors. In an effort to be accessible to Francophiles of all levels, the books chosen will be written/translated in English. However, expect the discussion to be both in English and French, as a way for you to learn new vocabulary related to literature and to the French language and culture.

This month we are reading ‘Our Riches’ by Kaouther Adimi, translated from the French by Chris Andrews (New Directions).

Our Riches celebrates quixotic devotion and the love of books in the person of Edmond Charlot, who at the age of twenty founded Les Vraies Richesses (Our True Wealth), the famous Algerian bookstore/publishing house/lending library. Charlot more than fulfilled its motto “by the young, for the young,” discovering the twenty-four-year-old Albert Camus in 1937. Charlot (often compared to the legendary bookseller Sylvia Beach) carried forward Les Vraies Richesses as a cultural hub of Algiers.

Our Riches interweaves Charlot’s story with that of another twenty-year-old, Ryad (dispatched in 2017 to empty the old shop and repaint it). Ryad’s no book lover, but old Abdallah, the bookshop’s self-appointed, nearly illiterate guardian, opens the young man’s mind. Cutting brilliantly from Charlot to Ryad, from the 1930s to current times, from WWII to the bloody 1961 Free Algeria demonstrations in Paris, Adimi delicately packs a monumental history of intense political drama into her swift and poignant novel. But most of all, it’s a hymn to the book and to the love of books.

This book club is led by Coucou’s intern, Cassidy, and meets on the first Thursday of each month, 5:00-6:30pm (CDT).

Please note that our Book Club will meet online via Zoom for the time being.
Free event. RSVP by emailing us at and we will send you a link to join the meeting online.

Price: Free

Date: Sep 3 - Sep 3

Max. Size: 15 Students


September 3, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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Coucou Minneapolis
1306 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
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