A graduate of the prestigious MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Tracy published her first novel, The Virgin Blue, in 1997.  Set in Lisle-sur-Tarn, it tells the inter-twined story of two women from the same family, born four centuries apart.

She followed this with her most famous book, Girl with a Pearl Earring, the story of the intense, unexpected relationship between Vermeer and Griet, a young servant in his household.  The novel has sold 5 millions copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

In May this year, as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, she published New Boy, a re-telling of Othello, transposed to a 1970s suburban school playground in Washington. 

At Festilitt Tracy will talk about her eighth novel, At the Edge of the Orchard, a tale of the raw hardship of 19th-century pioneer America.   On a grim patch of Ohio’s inhospitable Black Swamp, Sadie and James Goodenough struggle to grow the 50 fruit trees required to secure their land claim as they lose successive children to swamp fever.  Youngest son Robert flees to gold-rush California and becomes apprenticed to an English plant collector while wrestling with family trauma.

Trees are central to the novel and are very important to Tracy herself.  She has long supported The Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity and we are delighted that in this session she will be conversation with Beccy Speight, the charity’s Chief Executive. 

This session is by reservation only.  Priority booking is now open for Festilitt friends and patrons.  Email: info@festilitt.com

To read more about Tracy, click here  

To read more about The Woodland Trust click here 

​Tracy Chevalier: At the Edge of the Orchard
In association with The Woodland Trust

Sunday 22nd October 

16h00 Salle des fêtes

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20, 21 & 22 October 2017

Festival Opening

Friday 20th Oct 19h00

Join us for a relaxed and convivial apéro dinatôire to kick off our fifth festival in style.  

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the Parisot literary festival

Book Sale

​​There will be book sales and signings at the end of each session.  
You can also buy a selection of books by participating authors throughout the weekend at our bookshop

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Tracy Chevalier is a hugely popular, best-selling author who has published nine novels and edited two short-story collections.  Born in Washington DC, she moved to England after graduating from university in Ohio.

Festival Dinner

Continue the conversations over dinner with the authors on Saturday night and get to know the people behind the books.  

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Sunday 22nd Oct 10h30

Take a relaxed Sunday stroll around the village and drop in to several different events throughout the morning. 

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