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Suite For Barbara Loden

“I believe there is a miracle in Wanda,” wrote Marguerite Duras of the only film American actress Barbara Loden ever wrote and directed. “Usually, there is a distance between representation and text, subject and action. Here that distance is completely eradicated.” It is perhaps this “miracle”—the seeming collapse of fiction and fact—that has made Wanda (1970) a cult classic, and a fascination of artists from Isabelle Huppert to Rachel Kushner to Kate Zambreno.
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Gisèle Pineau

November 6-21, 2016
Miami Book Fair; Southeast
Gisèle Pineau has written several books on the difficulties of growing up as a black person in France. With her novel "La Grande dérive des esprits" (1994), Pineau became the first woman to win the Carbet de la Caraïbe Prize, while also winning the Grand Prix des Lectrices from ELLE magazine. Gisèle Pineau is also a jury member of the Prix Tropique and the Prix du Livre insulaire d'Ouessant. She received the Prix des Hémisphères-Chantal Lapicque in 2002 for her novel "Chair Piment".
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Marion Bataille

January 23-February 11, 2017
US Tour

Born in 1963 in Paris, Marion Bataille is a fantastically imaginative designer and a pionneer in pop-up books.

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Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier

November 5-17, 2016
US Tour

Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier is a queer activist and theorist. He teaches cultural studies, queer and gender studies at the University of Lille.


French Books USA: Week in Review

The month-long Festival, French Comics Framed, started on Monday! Most anticipated books in translation by women this year. Nathalie Léger featured in the Paris Review. Sarah Kaminsky's biography on her father, an expert in forgery. Passing of writer, editor and journalist Gilles Carpentier.
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Adolfo Kaminsky A Forger's Life

"Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life" is the gripping true story of an erstwhile forger who worked for the French Resistance, the Algerian Independence Movement, and numerous clandestine organizations over the span of nearly thirty years. A bestseller in France, the book has now been translated into seven languages and offers a rare look into the personal sacrifices of an idealist, the effect of one man’s political commitments on his family, his ingenious methods for creating forgeries, and his unending hopes for peace and justice in an increasingly violent world.
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About Phoenix

How can the handsome, congenial Mr. Smith be the same man who terrorizes Phoenix and her sister? Should you get into the car of someone you barely know? Hard to resist when the driver is Jessup Smith, the best-looking teacher in school. That night, he drives sixteen-year-old Phoenix and her little sister Sasha—both brilliant misfits—home.

In Memoriam: Michel Butor

An homage to French modernist writer Michel Butor, most famous for the novel La Modification, who garnered the high respect of his peers Sarraute, Simon and Roland Barthes, and also served as a source of inspiration to younger writers such as French novelist J. M. G Le Clézio and American poet John Ashbery.
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Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one another's lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer.

An Interview with Ananda Devi by Her Translator Jeffrey Zuckerman

An interview between Ananda Devi, author of Eve Out of Her Ruins (Deep Vellum; Sept 13, 2016), and her translator, Jeffrey Zuckerman.

How "Night" was Published in America

French Books USA shares literary agent Georges Borchardt's story of getting Holocaust memoir "Night," originally "La Nuit," published in the U.S., as we remember author Elie Wiesel, who died this July 2nd.
— Gustave Flaubert