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July 2014

For a long time, summer has been linked with love. As heat waves rush through the air they too pervade our minds. Endlessly picked apart, revered, and smote in literature new and old, love is a topic we humans can’t get enough of.
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The Art of Laziness

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.
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Chilling Crime Fiction & Mystery Novels

If you thought detective stories were invented in the US, then think twice. The French also have talented writers who know all about schemes and mystery, and we did some plotting of our own…
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Audio Boom: Musical Titles & Audiobooks

From our ancestral oral storytelling roots to the now-all-written world, we return to our traditions to listen once again to the deep voices of international griots narrating great stories…on audiobooks.
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Khan's L'Echarde, Lenoir's Le Christ philosophe and Caraës' Images de pensée

Jeremy Mercer has, as he calls it, "that gleam" in the eye for several translation babies. On his dream list for My French Library: Madeleine Kahn's L'Echarde, awarded the Prix Littré in 2001 (Editions des Ecrivains); Frédéric Lenoir’s Le Christ philosophe (Points, 2014); and Images de Pensée co-authored by Marie-Haude Caraës and Nicole Marchand-Zanartu (RMN, 2011).
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Mood Indigo

The story is simple: Boy meets girl; boy marries girl; girl falls ill on their honeymoon with a water lily on the lung, which can only be treated by being surrounded by flowers; boy goes broke desperately trying to keep his true love alive.

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French Books USA: Week in Review

French publishing house Short Editions, has begun testing its algorithm made to determine the literary quality. Meanwhile, digital learning management systems are gaining more and more ground in education....
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The Art of Laziness

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.
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A New Era of French Novels: The Inculte Collective

Thanks to Inculte’s work for the last decade, hybrid forms of literature, such as “documentary” novels have breathed new life into French novels.
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Jean-Godefroy Bidima

September, 2014
New York
A professor of French and Francophone Studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, Jean-Godefroy Bidima is the author of "Law and the Public Sphere in Africa". The book examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue and open exchange in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy.
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French Book USA: Week in Review

Week after week, Amazon keeps on stealing the headlines: In response to the adoption of a law by the French Parliament that forbids free shipping on book orders (in addition to setting a 5% discount limit), Amazon has announced its plan to now charge clients a token sum of one cent (in euros) for deliveries.
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Chilling Crime Fiction & Mystery Novels

If you thought detective stories were invented in the US, then think twice. The French also have talented writers who know all about schemes and mystery, and we did some plotting of our own…

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Patrick Bruel Announces US Tour Fall 2014

One of France's most important stars of the 90s, Patrick Bruel announces a US tour for October and November.
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10 French Songs à la WHCS Hunter College Radio

Films on the Green, in partnership with Hunter College’s radio station WHCS, is delighted to bring you 10 French songs from WHCS
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France Rocks July Playlist: A French Summer

A MONTHLY FEATURE FROM FRANCE ROCKS, July's Playlist brings you the perfect tracks for A French Summer
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JUNE PLAYLIST: What's Next? French Electro

A new feature from France Rocks, our monthly playlist series, explores French-produced music of all stripes, new and old. Listen and read about the brightest new talents in French Electro music in June's installment.
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French-American Jazz Pianist Dan Tepfer Awarded Charles Ives Prize

Dan Tepfer, a French Jazz pianist now based in New York City, was recently awarded the extremely prestigious Charles Ives Prize Fellowship for young composers. He will perform a number of dates with major American and international jazz artists in the coming months.
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VIDEO: JazzFest 2014

An exchange that has bridged both sides of the Atlantic for 100 years, Jazz music and its finest young French players were at their best for January’s French Quarter Jazz Fest at Small’s in New York.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Celebrates 30 Years

This year the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a series of exhibitions, performances and digital projects, beginning with Vivid Memories, a five month long rotating exhibition looking back acr
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ABOIS: a performance by Myriam Gourfink

August 22, 2014 - August 23, 2014
NOHspace
San Francisco International Arts Festival presents Myriam Gourfink, the artistic director of Paris based loldanse in the evening length solo performance Abois set to live electronic music composed and played by Kasper Toeplitz.
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Paris Abstract: photographs by Michael Wolf

July 10, 2014 - August 30, 2014
Robert Koch Gallery
Robert Koch Gallery is presents Paris Abstract, an exhibition premiering new work by renowned photographer, Michael Wolf. In Paris Abstract, Wolf continues his exploration of the urban landscape and expands on his fascination with density and life in cities.
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Ultraviolet (Grenoble, FR 1935 – New York, NY 2014)

The French-American artist Isabelle Collin Dufresne, better known as Ultraviolet, died on Saturday, June 14th in New York.
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Call for Applications Fieldwork: Marfa 2015

Marfa is the joint project of two leading European art academies, Les Beaux-Arts de Nantes and HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design). This international researcher-in-residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and borders and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.
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Special Mention for Jean Louis Cohen at International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale opened last week. During the opening ceremonies, awards were given out by the exhibition jury for the most noteworthy contributions to this year's festival. France's pavillion, Modernity: promise of menace?, curated by Jean Louis Cohen, received one of three "Special Mentions," along with Canada and Russia.

Film, TV & New Media

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French Touch in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Lineup

Several French movies and co-productions in The 39th Toronto International Film Festival's film selection for the 2014 edition.
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Strong US Debut for Luc Besson’s TAXI BROOKLYN

"Taxi Brooklyn" continues to make inroads with American audiences, with 4.8 million viewers on Wednesday night (July 9th)
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Summer Movies: 10 French Films to Watch

For those of us that would like to be vacationing in France, but can’t afford those expensive plane tickets (most of us), we’re offering a cinematic tour of l’hexagone from the seaside villages of Brittany to the rocky hills of southern Provence.
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Grand Illusion, by Jean Renoir

August 8, 2014
Pacific Film Archive Theater
In Renoir’s masterful study of friendship amid the false and barbarous constructs of state, a group of WWI prisoners and their captors find common ground.
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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2014

July 24, 2014 - August 10, 2014
Multiple Locations
The 34th edition of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Bay Area from July 24th to August 10th, 2014. French films will be part of the program this year.
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The River, by Jean Renoir

August 15, 2014 - August 16, 2014
Northwest Film Center
The Northwest Film Center presents a screening of The River. Jean Renoir’s film, late in his filmmaking career, sees the master working in color for the first time. The story follows a well-to-do British family living on the banks of the Ganges River.
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