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Week in Review

by Shannon Sullivan

Négar Djavadi Interviewed for Words without Borders

Just in time for the April 17 American release of her debut novel, Disoriental, screenwriter Négar Djavadi was interviewed for Words Without Borders’ The City and the Writer series. Chosen as Lire magazine’s Best Debut Novel of 2016, Disoriental follows an Iranian woman who sought refuge in France at age ten with her mother and sisters. Fifteen years later, punk-rock aficionado Kimiâ revisits her past and the stories of her ancestors in the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, confronting the divide between her family’s traditions and her own “disorientalization.” Born in Iran in 1969, Djavadi herself fled to France at age eleven after crossing the mountains of Kurdistan on horseback with her mother and sister. She is on tour in the United States from April 17 until April 22.

Pen World Voices Festival Kickoff

The Pen World Voices Festival kicked off on April 16 and continues until the 22 in New York City. This year’s theme, Resist & Reimagine, will be tackled with panels ranging from “No Country for Young Muslim Women” to “Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like.” Touring author Leïla Slimani, interviewed last week by The Cut, opened the festival in conversation with Adam Gopnik; other featured speakers include Négar Djavadi, Pénélope Bagieu, Edouard Elvis Bvouma, and Aristide Tarnagda.

50 Years After May 68

There will be a series of events in the United States in the coming weeks commemorating the protests of May 68 around the world. Among others, philosopher Frédéric Gros and sociologist Christian Laval will be present during the series. On May 3, Mitch Abidor, following the publication of his new book May Made Me will appear at Albertine Books in conversation with Todd Gitlin to discuss the lasting pimact of the protests. An oral history of the initially student-led uprising, May Made Me presents the legacy of the revolt from the lips of the young rebels who initiated it, showing how the experiences changed both the individuals and history. Other series highlights include a panel on April 27 at the Columbia University Maison Française and a talk on May 1 on “May 68 in theory” at the Maison Française of NYU.

Short Edition in the New York Times

The New York Times featured Short Edition’s story dispenser, a vending machine-style distributor of short stories. The cylinder-shaped dispensers offer one, three, and five minute stories, indicating how long it will take to read. Printed on eco-friendly paper, the free stories aim to bring short-form literature to a wider audience. Already placed at cafés and libraries in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Akron, and West Palm Beach-- there’s even one at Albertine-- Short Editions plans to announce more soon. Not near a dispenser? No problem! Check out their website for your own short story adventure.

Open Letter's 10-Year Anniversary

Open Letter, a publishing house that releases ten titles in translation each year, is celebrating 10 years in operation and 100 works published. Dedicated to increasing English readers’ access to world literature, Open Letter is the University of Rochester’s nonprofit, literary translation press. They also run a literary website called Three Percent. Notable translations include Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour (translated by Kazim Ali and Libby Murphy), 2017 Albertine Prize winner Bardo or Not Bardo by Antoine Volodine (translated by J. T. Mahany), and Mathias Énard’s Zone (translated by Charlotte Mandell).

Vote for the Albertine Prize!

Don't forget to vote for your favorite title before May 1st! Need a refresher on the titles? Check out footage from our Book Battle to see what makes each book a standout. 

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