The French publishing season, known in France as the 'Rentrée litteraire', is condensed into a short three month run from August to early November. During this period, all French and foreign titles are published, a total of 654 in 2011.
On Sunday October 16th, Rwandan playwright, novelist, poet, director and humanitarian Odile Gakire Katese will receive the first Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.
On September 19, 2011, the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor was conferred on Ronald P. Stanton for his role as patron of the arts in a ceremony held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
One of the highlights of the (very) French "rentrée littéarire" is, Le Ravissement de Britney Spears, the new novel by the magnificent Jean Rolin, published by POL. The story unfolds in Los Angeles where a secret agent has been sent by the French police in search of… Britney Spears.
Good news! The number of French books exported to the US increased by 4.1% in 2010, according to the professional newspaper Livres Hebdo. This means that it will be easier than usual for Americans to discover works of foreign literature, a pleasure that would not be possible without the work of an international community of translators.
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, conferred upon filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and museum director Maxwell L. Anderson the insignia officer and chevalier, respectively, of the Order of Arts and Letters.
In an effort to extend its expertise to French-speaking teacher-candidates, Hunter College hopes to offer two French-specific bilingual education courses starting in January 2012.
In an article published on June 6th in the Wall Street Journal, Kavita Mokha describes the boom in French dual-language programs across New York City: By September 2011, six elementary schools, one middle school and one charter school will have French programs. Public School 133 in Park Slope and P.S. 110 in Greenpoint are expected to unveil programs starting this fall.