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Book Talk on French 1920s Translated Lesbian Novel

When: Sat., July 23, 1-3 p.m. 2016

Natalie Clifford Barney is one of those legendary figures out of history who seems larger than life. An American-born writer who ran a salon for artists and intellectuals in Paris, France, Barney's goal was to make the city "the Sapphic centre of the Western world." A long-lost novel of hers — telling the story of daring women, lesbian love and erotic liaisons — has recently come to light, and it was only published in English last month. The professor who took on the translation, Chelsea Ray, will be visiting The Bookman today to talk about the author, the novel and the hidden history it explores. Women Lovers, or The Third Woman, tackles subjects that would have been shocking in the 1920s and are downright fascinating from our modern perspective. 1-3 p.m., The Bookman, 3163 W. Colorado Ave., free, 636-0055, chelsea.d.ray@maine.edu. — Alissa Smith

Price: Free

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