Albertine's Free Events in October

October 10, 2016 | By French Culture

NEW YORK, October 1, 2016 – Each month, Albertine Books, the reading room and bookshop within the French Embassy in New York, hosts a number of free events with French and American thinkers and authors. This month will feature a conversation with Christian Boltanski and Violaine Huisman (Oct. 3); a French story hour for kids with Flore Pouquet (Oct. 8); a discussion on François Mitterrand with Laure Adler and John Rick MacArthur (Oct. 11); reflections on how to U.S. has evolved in the past 50 years with Maurin Picard (Oct. 18), a conversation with Siri Hustvedt and Florence Noiville (Oct. 20), a discussion with Alexandra Schwartz and Lola Lafon (Oct. 28), and to celebrate Halloween, an event for kids around Magritte’s work (Oct. 29)!

Full event details below.


WHAT:     An Evening With Christian Boltanski

ABOUT:   French novelist Christophe Boltanski and B.A.M. Director of Humanities Violaine Huisman discuss Boltanski’s debut novel, La Cache, winner of the 2015 Femina Prize.   Conversation in English. FREE, available in live stream on

WHEN:     Monday, October 3 – 7PM  

WHAT:     French Story Hour

ABOUT:   A morning event for children, with reading and fun activities with Flore Pouquet. In French, for kids ages 4 and up. Free with RSVP to

WHEN:     Saturday, October 8 – 11AM

WHAT:     François Mitterrand: journées particulières 

ABOUT:   As the political season gears up, we invite you to join us for a conversation on former French President François Mitterrand with French author Laure Adler and Harpers president and director John Rick MacArthur. Conversation in French, FREE, available in live stream on

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 11 – 7PM 

WHAT:     Metamorphoses of the United States Since 1965

ABOUT:   How can one measure how the U.S. had evolved over the last half-century? Maurin Picard will reflect on this question, drawing from his conversations with ten key witnesses to the recent history of the US. Conversation in French. FREE

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 18 – 7PM 

WHAT:     A Conversation with Florence Noiville and Siri Hustvedt 

ABOUT:   American author Siri Hustvedt and French novelist Florence Noiville discuss Noiville's latest novel A Cage in Search of a Bird, the gripping story of two women caught in the vise of a terrible delusion. Conversation in English. FREE, available in live stream on

WHEN:     Thursday, October 20 – 7PM 

WHAT:     The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

ABOUT:   New Yorker staff writer Alexandra Schwartz will join French novelist Lola Lafon for a conversation on Lafon’s bestselling and award-winning novel The Little Communist Who Never Smiled on Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Conversation in English. FREE, available in live stream on

WHEN:     Friday, October 28 – 7 PM 

WHAT:     Halloween Magritte’s Way

ABOUT:   Come celebrate Halloween under the spell of Belgian painter René Magritte with Belgian Author Klaas Verplancke. Conversation in French. FREE, for kids ages 4 and up. Free with RSVP to

WHEN:     Friday, October 28 – 7 PM 

WHERE:  Albertine Books in French and English 

                   Cultural Services of the French Embassy

                   972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th street)

                   New York, NY 10075

Video of live and past Albertine events can be viewed here:

All events are free and open to the public with no RSVP, unless otherwise noted. Media who wish to attend should contact:

About Albertine

Albertine is a reading room and bookshop that brings to life French-American intellectual exchange. A permanent venue for free events and debates, the new space offers more than 14,000 contemporary and classic titles from over 30 French-speaking countries around the world in French and in translation. Visit Follow Albertine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @albertinebooks.

About the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy provides a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals,educators, students, the tech community, and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the US, theCultural Services develops the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action: the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, Frenchlanguage and higher education. Visit

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