Illustrator Jérémie Royer and youth novelist Jean-Claude Mourlevat will be the next guests for the Spring and Fall sessions of writing residency A Room with a View, a program organized by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Consulate in San Francisco and the French American Cultural Society, in partnership with the Institut Français. Royer and Mourlevat were selected by a jury composed of representatives of the San Francisco Chronicle, Litquake, Bay Area Book Festival, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Portland State University, Green Apple Books, and the French American Cultural Society.
For its third season opening this Spring, the writing residency A Room with a View will be welcoming Jérémie Royer, a 39-year old colorist and cartoonist who published his first comic book, La Traversée, in 2010 and is most famous for Audubon, On the Wings of the World, a volume written in collaboration with Fabien Grolleau, which was published in the United States in 2017 by Nobrow Press. Set at the beginning of the 19th century, this volume tells the story of John James Audubon, a French-American naturalist adventurer and artist who embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America. Audubon is renowned for writing Birds of America which contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds, published between 1827 and 1838. Audubon was nominated twice at the Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 2018 and at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Royer will be in residence in San Francisco for six weeks and plans on using his time in the Bay Area to work on his new project, a graphic novel set in Alaska.
Next Fall, A Room with a View will welcome youth novelist Jean-Claude Mourlevat, a 66-year old youth writer who wrote more than 25 novels published around the world. Mourlevat went from being a German teacher to a producer and a writer. His novels include La Rivière à l’envers, L’Enfant Océan, La Balafre, La Combat d’hiver, and Le Chagrin du roi mort, to name but a few. Many of those novels gained recognition through literary prizes both with youth and adult panels. Two of his novels were published in the United States. In 2006, Delacorte Books for Young Readers published The Pull of the Ocean which follows little Yann Doutreleau and his six older brothers’ odyssey towards the ocean. In 2009, Candlewick published Winter’s End, a dystopian novel following four teenagers’ escape into a brutal environment where a ruthless government is in power. One of his short stories, «Take care, love» was also published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in the November/December 2018 issue. It was extracted from his book Silhouette which was published by Gallimard Jeunesse. While in residency, Mourlevat plans on writing anovel for teenagers and young adults.
A Room with a View was created in 2017 through a collaborative effort between the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco and the French American Cultural Society, in partnership with the Institut Français.
This program is made possible thanks to the support of Institut Français, the French American Cultural Society, and Mélanie and Pete Flint.