It is a great pleasure this spring to announce the launch of the very first Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award honoring the best of French contemporary fiction in English translation. The ten shortlisted francophone titles have been handpicked by the Albertine staff with the hope of encouraging readers to discover newly translated works from France and the francophone world, which both in their quality and their diverse perspectives are a critical contribution to our cultural environment.
Earlier this month we kicked off Paris-New York Tandem 2016, a major collaboration between Paris, New York, in partnership with the Institut français, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the American Embassy in Paris. The program offers more than fifty cultural events in both cities and encompasses a range of disciplines, including music, dance, film, literature and theater.
This summer marks the arrival in America of the Hermione — a full-scale replica of the ship on which Lafayette journeyed to the United States in 1780. The ship arrived in Yorktown at the beginning of June, and has since continued her voyage along the East Coast. The original Hermione’s 18th-century adventure was a meaningful step in France and America’s, friendship and an important symbol of our shared values. More than two centuries later, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy seek to continue the dialogue Lafayette initiated.
Though it has been over a month since the devastating attacks in France, the emotional and physical repercussions of these events have not been forgotten. We are so grateful for the moving, compassionate response from our friends and partners in the U.S. Though the reverberations of violence that have touched our country and the entire world will remain forever present in our minds, we simultaneously hope for future peace.
The daring scribes who weave moments of ambivalence or assuredness into these texts with the needle of tone and the thread of language have long caught the attention of critics and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic. This November, we offer the editors and authors of fiction and literary critique, as seen in journals and publications (or revues), a new haven for collaboration and reflection.