Visiting Writers Series Presents Reading by Lydie Haenlin

Former Wells French literature and civilization professor will discuss inspiration, book making, and writing "Angèle's Notebook."




7:00 pm


Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

General Info

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Lydie Haenlin for a presentation titled “A Book? Why and How?” which will include a reading from and discussion of her book “Angèle's Notebook” / “Le Carnet d'Angèle.” Haenlin will discuss the nature of inspiration and the process of book making, joined by the book’s illustrator Margaret Manring and designer Anne Kilgore. The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome to attend. This reading is co-sponsored by Wells’ Division of the Humanities.

“Angèle's Notebook” tells the story of Angèle, a young girl living in the village of Noizay in France’s Loire Valley. Angèle adopts a notebook found by the road as her confidant, writing about everything from the details of her daily life to the hopes and fears of adolescence. She describes the lives of the village’s inhabitants without pretense, expressing her feelings towards all those who share her life and revealing the culture and customs of French village life in the late nineteenth century.

Angèle’s Notebook is available in French as “Le Carnet d’Angèle.” The characters named in the story are real, and the details of the narrative are historically authentic and based on the author’s extensive research. Signed copies of the book, in both languages, will be available at the reading.

Lydie Haenlin, born in Paris, holds a Licence de Lettres from The Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught French literature and civilization for over forty years, spending much of this time at Wells College. She lives with her husband, James Haenlin, in Paris and Aurora, N.Y.

The Visiting Writers Series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.