March 2017 Events at Albertine Books in French and English

March 2, 2017 | By French Culture
WHAT:     The Twilight of The Great Generation: Ordinary Men & Extraordinary Feats
ABOUT:   Maurin Picard and Michael Robbins look back on the acts of courage and extraordinary feats of a few humble men, who never really wanted to be called « heroes ».
                In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. 
WHEN:     Thursday, March 2–7PM  
WHAT:    Dance on The Volcano
ABOUT:  Join Haitian–American novelist EdwidgeDanticat and Columbia professor and translator Kaiama L. Glover as they discuss Dance on the Volcano by Haitian novelist Marie Vieux-Chauvet (Archipelago Books).
In English. Freeand open to the public. No RSVP necessary               
WHEN:     Monday, March 6 – 7PM 
WHAT:     When Paris Sizzled
ABOUT:   Mary McAuliffe and David Garrard Lowe delve into a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN:     Tuesday, March 7– 7PM 
WHAT:     Kaminsky: A Forger's Life: Sarah Kaminsky& Mel Urbach
ABOUT:   French actor, screenwriter and author Sarah Kaminsky tells the gripping story of her father, Adolfo Kaminsky, a brilliant forger, and his thirty-year battle against injustice that began during the Holocaust.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN:     Wednesday, March 8– 7PM 
WHAT:     Tilt Kids Festival - Toto Kisaku :African Tale
ABOUT:   Join us for a special event  which will familiarize young audiences with the art of storytelling and African folktales. 
In French. Free and open to the public. RSVP to
WHEN:     Saturday, March 11– 11AM 
WHAT:     agnès b. STYLISTE - Book signing
ABOUT:   French designer agnès b. signs copies of her new book, agnès b. STYLISTE, an invitation to discover the richness of the designer’s universe, written with Florence Ben Sadoun.
Free and open to the public. No RSVP Necessary. Champagne reception to follow
WHEN:     Saturday, March 11– 5PM 
WHAT:     AurélieLaflamme's Diary: India Desjardins & Marianne Verville For teens !
ABOUT:   Author of the bestselling series AurélieLaflamme's Diary, India Desjardins, and actress Marianne Verville, who plays AurélieLaflamme in the eponyme movie, discuss the irresistible series.For kids ages 12 and up. Free with RSVP to
WHEN:     Sunday, March 12– 11AM 
WHAT:     Albertine Prize Launch Party & Live Reading
ABOUT:   Discover the 10 best French novels translated in the past year, selected by the Albertine booksellers! Join us for the launch of the Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award. Guests will be invited to wander through the Payne Whitney Mansion while actors read short excerpts in English from the books. This is the occasion to become acquainted with these novels over a glass of wine with friends. Voting will start March 14th. You don’t have to read them all to support one book you loved!In English. Free and open to the public with RSVP here.
WHEN:     Tuesday, March 14– 7PM
WHAT:     Yellow Cab: Benoit Cohen & Alexis Buisson
ABOUT:   Cohen shares with us his year long experience of passing his taxi-driving license and driving all around Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn in a yellow cab, for the purpose of his forthcoming film. A conversation moderated byFrench Morning editor –in-chief Alexis Buisson.
In partnership with French Morning
In French. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN:     Wednesday, March 15– 7PM 
WHAT:     Freeman's Family: Valeria Luiselli, Edouard Louis & John Freeman
ABOUT:   How the pressures families face mean that movement - either migration, or actual flight for safety, sometimes even from the family itself - is one of the major forces of family life today. 
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN:     Friday, March 17– 7PM 
WHAT:     French Story Hour
ABOUT:   Join us for a morning of reading and fun on the occasion of the publication of Claude Ponti's classic album, My Vallee, in the US with Archipelago Books. 
In French and English.For kids ages 3 and up. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN:     Sunday, March 26– 11AM 
WHAT:     Artistic Revolutions and the Great War
ABOUT:   Albertine Books, 972 Fifth Ave
Yale historian Jay Winter, jazz expert Philippe Gumplowicz, Surrealism and French literature specialist Mary Ann Caws, Adrian Sudhalter, Art Historian, curator and a specialist in European art between the World Wars along with France-born artistMelikOhanian, will examine the artistic and literary revolution of 1917 and aesthetic trends that emerged during that period.
WHEN:     Tuesday, March 27– 7PM
WHAT:     Duck Season
ABOUT:   Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France’s Last Best Place
a conversation with David McAninch and bestselling author Mark Adams.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary, reception to follow.
WHEN:     Tuesday, March 28– 7PM 
WHAT:     A Tribute to Haitian Author René Depestre
ABOUT:   In French and English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary 
WHEN:     Thursday, March 30– 7PM 
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.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.
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