Miming in French - 2015-11

Miming in French book cover
Miming in French 
presented by Sheila McGrory-Klyza
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Free, All are Welcome
Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol

While trying to assimilate into French culture while living in Aix-en-Provence with her family, Sheila McGrory-Klyza became aware of social dynamics between Muslim and the French people who considered themselves as the “true” 

French. Since she and her family were also outsiders in this culture, she began to imagine what it would be like for an American girl to befriend a French Muslim girl and how 

they might overcome their own cultural differences.

McGrory-Klyza wrote Miming in French to tell that story. Another central character is a mysterious street mime, a
symbol of so
meone removed from labels of ethnicity, religion, skin color and nationality. He helps the two girls discover the meaning of true friendship and that the people you meet can often turn out to be very different from what you expect. The book was written for middle school grades, but readers of all ages will find it engaging.

During this program, McGrory-Klyza will show photos from Aix-en-Provence, read from the novel, and answer questions about the book and share her personal understanding of France’s struggles with immigration and assimilation of Muslims. 

Sheila McGrory-Klyza was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and French and received her MA in English from the College of William and Mary. She has taught at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and the New England Young Writers Conference. Her poems, essays, and articles have been published in national journals and magazines. She lives in Bristol, Vermont, a village of 4000 people, with her husband and two teenaged daughters, and she has also lived in France at a few different times, most recently in Paris in 2010.