APRIL 14, 2017

Announcing the Albertine Prize Finalists

By French Culture

We are thrilled to announce the three Albertine Prize finalists: Bardo or Not Bardo, Eve Out of Her Ruins and The Heart.

APRIL 13, 2017

French Books USA: Week in Review

By by Matthew Kent

Adonis Receives Pen Nabokov Award for Achievement, Centre National Du Livre releases their study “Les Français et la Lecture,” Paris hosts the 37th annual Salon du Livre, Literary world remembers Robert Silvers, Serge Doubrovsky, and George Braziller, while Mathias Énard’s Compass continues to receive raving reviews, and the homes of Arthur Rimbaud Federal Atlanta Boston Chicago Houston Los Angelesand James Baldwin are being saved by a rock-star and novelists

APRIL 13, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Léger

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Suite for Barbara Loden has been nominated for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. Moving between fact and speculation, film criticism and anecdote, 'Suite for Barbara Loden' came out of Nathalie Léger's obsessive investigation into the mysteries of 'Wanda', the only film American actress Barbara Loden ever wrote and directed. Translated by Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon (Dorothy, a publishing project). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 13, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Infidels by Abdellah Taia

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Infidels by Abdellah Taia has been nominated for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. Set in Morocco, 'Infidels' follows the life of Jallal and his mother, a prostitute who endures hypocrisy and rejection, from their home country to Cairo, Brussels to Casablanca. Filled with a cast of supporting characters whose dreams unravel, the book is structured as a series of monologues, an emotionally relentless mix of confession and secret longing. Translated by Alison L. Strayer (Seven Stories Press). Vote for the Albertine prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: The Little Communist Who Never Smiled by Lola Lafon

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled has been nominated for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. Lola Lafon's award-winning novel offers a fictionalized account of iconic gymnast Nadia Comaneci’s life, from her rural Romanian childhood to her unprecedented perfect score in the 1976 Olympics and to her 1989 defection to the U.S. The book re-imagines a childhood in the spotlight of history, a woman adored by young girls in the West and appropriated as a political emblem in Communist Romania. Translated by Nick Caistor (Seven Stories Press). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Call for Applications Opens for the French-American Creative Lab

By FRENCH CULTURE FILM

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and Business France launch the third edition of their program dedicated to startups from the cultural and creative industries, adding a leg in Los Angeles and boosting business component.

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The Heart has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. 'The Heart' takes place over the 24 hours surrounding a fatal car crash and the subsequent heart transplant as life is taken from a young man and given to a dying woman. As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, the book examines the deepest emotions of everyone involved - grieving parents, doctors and nurses - as they navigate decisions of life and death. The book won numerous prizes. Translated by Sam Taylor (FSG). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Eve Out of Her Ruins has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in an endless cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only source of power; Savita, Eve’s best friend; Saadiq, a gifted would-be poet in love with Eve; and Clélio, a belligerent rebel waiting for his brother to send for him from France. Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Deep Vellum). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 12, 2017

Albertine Prize Winning Title: Bardo or Not Bardo by Antoine Volodine

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Bardo or not Bardo has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. One of the funniest installments in Antoine Volodine's acclaimed post-apocalyptic series, 'Bardo or Not Bardo' consists of seven vignettes set in a universe of failed revolutions, radical shamanism, and off-kilter nomenclature. In each one, a newly dead character bungles his way through the Tibetan afterlife, or Bardo, failing to achieve enlightenment, while the living make a similar mess of things. Translated by J.T. Mahany (Open Letter Books). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 7, 2017

Albertine Prize Nominee: Naked by Jean Philippe Toussaint

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Naked by Jean-Philippe Toussaint has been shortlisted for the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation. 'Naked' is Jean-Philippe Toussaint's fourth and final novel about one of the most fully realized female characters of contemporary fiction, the haute couturière Marie Madeleine Marguerite de Montalte. With his customary nuanced reflection and nimble wit, Toussaint continues to follow Marie’s relationship with his unnamed narrator, navigating through jealousy and comedy, irony and tenderness. Translated by Edward Gauvin (Dalkey Archive). Vote for the Albertine Prize through April 30th!

APRIL 5, 2017

French Waves on Pitchfork

By Francerocks

French Waves has made the history of French electronic music come alive through its documentary, web series, international tour, and immersive website.

APRIL 3, 2017

Remembering Trisha Brown (1936-2017)

By French Culture Arts

“The forest was my first art lesson – I climbed trees, played sports, hunted and fished” – Trisha Brown.

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