Join us March 14 for a fascinating international program!

The World in Literature e3c6878391a64a5e8510a1d444a7a782
Francophone Women Writers
in the North African Maghreb
and Vietnam: 

A Discussion with
Davidson College
French Professor
Catherine Slawy-Sutton   


Monday, March 14, 7:00 PM  
Park Road Books  
Park Road Shopping Center   


We also welcome our special guests from Charlotte’s International House    

Expand your reading world! Come to our March 14 meeting at Park Road Books and add an international flavor to your reading list!  WNBA-Charlotte is delighted to welcome Davidson College French Professor Catherine Slawy-Sutton. Professor Slawy-Sutton will introduce us to the francophone literatures of North Africa (the group of countries collectively known as the Maghreb) and Vietnam, with a focus on women writers. We will also welcome the International House reading group moderator, with details of their selections and themes.

Slawy-Sutton_CatherineProfessor Slawy-Sutton provides her academic background:  

Born in Angoulême, France and raised in Dakar, Senegal, I hold a Masters degree in English from the University of Nice, France and a Ph.d in French from Indiana University, Bloomington.

At Davidson, I teach all levels of language and literature, from French 101 to Senior Major Seminar.  I particularly enjoy teaching my Introduction to Literature course “Childhood and Youth,” and my higher-level courses, “North Africa in Novel and Film,” “Maghreb: Francophone Authors,” “Asia in Novel and Film” and “Vietnam: Francophone Authors.” My research informs my teaching: I am interested in studying and teaching writers considered marginal in their own times or contexts. While my primary research interest has been Colette, I have also written on the genre of women’s autobiography, the contemporary French novel, literature or film by francophone authors from the Maghreb and Vietnam, and on the meaning of having been raised in Africa during the last few years of colonization. My current work focuses on Franco-Algerian writer Karima Berger.

I have served as newsletter editor for Women in French, as Review Editor for The French Review, as Resident Director on the Davidson-in-France program, and as Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies.


International House is a leading provider of direct services to Charlotte’s ever-growing international community, which numbers more than 104,000 immigrants and foreign-born citizens. A grassroots non-profit organization with a mission to promote international understanding and to serve immigrants in need, International House offers foreign-language conversation hours, cultural events, an international book club, citizen diplomacy programs, an international women’s group, language classes, free citizenship workshops, legal services for low-income immigrants, and much more.  Their International Book Club is in its third year, meeting monthly to share a love of reading and learn about diverse cultures by reading novels by international authors, with international settings and/or international themes.


UN DPI/NGO — Women’s National Book Association at the United Nations

The Women’s National Book Association has been a Non-Governmental Organization member of the United Nations since 1959. An NGO is defined as “any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring citizens’ concerns to governments, monitor policies and encourage political participation at the community level.” More information……