New from Patrick Modiano: In the Café of Lost Youth and Young Once; Maylis de Kerangal, Marie NDiaye and Fiston Mwanza Mujila all make the Man Booker International prize longlist; a new biopic about Louis-Ferdinane Céline; current issue of Words without Borders features Morocco and Fouad Laroui; George Perec's would-be 80th birthday.
ARTE, the European culture channel, now offers a selection of programmes subtitled in English and in Spanish, alongside French and German. Thanks to these two free offerings, ARTE in English and ARTE en español, web users can watch new, high quality programmes every week throughout the world.
Emel Mathlouthi is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, and singer who is bringing an powerful brand new sound to Tunisian music. Endowed with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz. Her captivating style is lyrical, with powerful rock, oriental and trip hop influences (she’s collaborated with Adrian Thaws AKA Tricky). Emel began her artistic career at the age of 8 on stage at the small amphitheater in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis where she lived until the age of 25, when she moved to France to pursue her career as a singer. Her song “Kelmti Horra”, (my word is free) was taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has immense stage presence and a voice that spells revolution and freedom. She will play two upcoming shows in New York City
Thanks to the invaluable help of 1100 of our contacts in publishing, we have built a near-complete list of 2015’s titles in translation from the French, of which, as far as we're aware, there is no equivalent. The fact that this list is not exhaustive serves to show the sheer volume of titles published.
On March 4, 2016, Thomas Tronel-Gauthier received the 2016 Salomon Foundation Residency Award. The 2016 residency will begin this coming June, until the end of November.
The French sculptor Bernar Venet received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in New York on Monday. On March 3, Venet unveiled an twenty-five-foot (8-meter) tall sculpture titled Disorder 9 Uneven Angles in New York's Union Square. The sculpture will remain on view through June 2016.
Alain Mabanckou and Helen Stevenson win the French Voices Grand Prize for The Lights of Pointe-Noire; Andreï Makine is elected to the Académie Française; Muriel Barbery and her elves are profiled in the New York Times; the complete works of cartoonist Willem will be collected by the BNF; and the Trouville-Pavillon Augustine Prize will celebrate literature that depicts the sea and harbor cities.
France returns to Austin's SXSW Festival, one of the largest in the world, in a big way in 2016, with an impressive lineup of established and emerging acts that span genres, like Fakear, Cocorosie, L.E.J., Marina Kaye, Talisco, Alice on the Roof and many more. France Rocks is organizing three showcases during the music portion of SXSW, which runs from March 15 - 20, 2016. These events include a Lunch with French Tech at Brush Square Park on Tuesday March 15th, a showcase that evening at Trinity Hall on 6th St, and a Thursday evening showcase at Central Presbyterian Church. The music portion of SXSW runs from March 15th through 20th, 2016. This is certainly not the first time France has made a major splash on the Texas festival. In the past, France Rocks has hosted many acts going on to great international visibility, including Stromae, Christine and the Queens, Yelle, Ibeyi, La Femme, Yan Wagner, Revolver, Hindi Zahra and many more.
On Monday, February 29, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy will host the 10th annual French Voices Award Ceremony, which honors translators and American publishers working to bring the best contemporary French writing to US audiences.
Dahlia Dumont and her group 'The Blue Dahlia, play a vibrant mix world music - touching everything from French chanson to reggae and klezmer, influenced by the group's backgrounds in NYC, France, Senegal, Japan, Argentina and Mexico. Mexican and French-style accordion, nostalgic violin, a soaring horn section, a grooving rhythm section, and last but not least, Dahlia's bright little ukulele create a sound that is organic, with an energy that is electric. The exoticism from the French and the different world rhythms blends with Dahlia's native New York edge. The delicate strength of Edith Piaf meets the naughty intelligence of Serge Gainsbourg, and the grooving rhythms of Alpha Blondy that pulse through you. Simply put, 'The Blue Dahlia' is a unique and fun experience. Dahlia will play several upcoming shows in the New York area.