Val-de-Marne: Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, Prix Médicis 2022, meeting her readers at her home in Villejuif

It is an author like no other who is expected in Villejuif this Wednesday, at the Points Communs cooperative bookstore: Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, winner of the prestigious Prix Médicis 2022 last November for her novel “La Thirteenth Hour” (POL editions) . She will come as a neighbor since she lives in Villejuif and teaches French at the Darius-Milhaud high school, bordering between the town and Le Kremlin-Bicêtre.

If Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam has been in high demand since her literary distinction, the villejuifois store had no trouble getting her to come: “She has almost become a friend and she has always supported our projects, confides Nathalie Brossaud, one of the three managers. I invited her because I devour her books. She captures us by the strength of her characters, always a little dysfunctional, her trademark. »

The bookseller also appreciates “the contemporary themes” chosen by the writer: “As a teacher, she really feels the spirit of the times. In “The Thirteenth Hour”, for example, she tackles the question of gender. And its construction is original, telling the same story from three different points of view. »

“The teacher who taught me what a contrepèterie was”

Alexandre, who was one of his students at the end of the 2000s in Tremblay-en-France (Seine-Saint-Denis), has very good memories of his teacher: “She had a slightly iconoclastic side for a teacher. of French. I remember her sitting at the front tables when they weren’t busy, for example. She also interacted a lot with the class. It was she who taught us what a contrepèterie was by taking the example He arrived on foot through China. I can see her writing the sentence on the board and explaining its double meaning to us. She had a fun side, while remaining in her role as a teacher, without making friends with the students. »

This Wednesday, the exchanges promise to be rich and authentic with the readers: “She agrees to indulge and is always very pleasant in this type of meeting”, confides Nathalie Brossaud.

Wednesday 25 January, at 8 p.m., at the Points Communs cooperative bookshop, 30, rue Georges-Lebigot, in Villejuif. Meeting followed by a tasting of dishes brought by each. Such. :