The French-American Foundation hosted a Zoom webinar Q&A discussion on Thursday, April 23 at 1:00pm ET with novelist Marc Levy about fostering creativity in this moment of crisis. The event was moderated by author and Young Leader Karin Tanabe.
Marc Levy: At thirty-seven, Marc Levy wrote a story for the man that his son would grow up to be. In early 1999, his sister, a screenwriter (now a film director), encouraged him to send the manuscript to Editions Robert Laffont, who immediately decided to publish If Only It Were True. Before it was published, Steven Spielberg (Dreamworks) acquired film rights to the novel. The movie, Just like Heaven, produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, was a #1 box office hit in America in 2005. After If Only It Were True, Marc Levy began writing full-time. All of his novels have hit the top of the best-seller list in France. They are also very successful internationally and are consistently on the bestseller list in several countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Taiwan.
Karin Tanabe: Karin is the author of the historical fiction novels The Diplomat’s Daughter and The Gilded Years (soon to be a major motion picture starring Zendaya and produced by Zendaya and Reese Witherspoon for Sony/Tristar), as well as The List and The Price of Inheritance, all published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her fifth book, A Hundred Suns, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on April 7, 2020.