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Jan 22
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC
Jan 22
Art After Slavery Columbia Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall 515 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027
Jan 1
Boris Chouvellon: an Artist in Residence Show Gallery 1515 N Gardner St Los Angeles, CA 90046

Week in Review

by Shannon Sullivan

After Tomorrow 2018

After Tomorrow's 2018 season has officially launched! A joint project of the French Consulate in San Francisco, French Tech San Francisco, the Institut Français and the French American Cultural Society, After Tomorrow 2018 features talks and exhibitions that will bring together artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, sociologists, and writers to examine their diverse perspectives on what the world will look like after tomorrow. Season highlights include a talk with French sci-fi author Sylvie Denis on April 28 and panel discussions on May 3 that will focus on the intertwining of art and tech as part of the California Academy of Sciences NightLife series.

Neoliberalism, Christianity, and Foucault

Last week, the Los Angeles Review of Books examined the impact of neoliberalism on Foucault's fourth volume of History of Sexuality. Published earlier this year, Les Aveux de la chair delves into the ancient “techniques of the self” and how they are incorporated into early Christianity. Frédéric Gros, the volume’s editor, is in the United States this month; on April 27, he will participate in discussion on the 50th anniversary of May 68 at Columbia University. Additionally, he will present his latest work, Désobéir, with N+1 co-founder and editor Marco Roth at Albertine on April 30. A list of events commemorating the May 68 protests can be found here.

Virginie Despentes Shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize

Virginie Despentes’ Vernon Subutex 1, translated into English by Frank Wynne, was shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. She is one of only six Francophone authors to be shortlisted in the history of the prize, and could be the first to win. Vernon Subutex 1 follows the titular character, a former proprietor of the Bastille’s infamous Revolver music shop, now penniless on the streets of Paris, as he uses the final trick up his sleeve. The book will come out in the United States from Farrar, Straus and Giroux later this year.

Slave Old Man Named for Summer 2018's Best Reads

Publishers Weekly has released their summer 2018 reading list. It includes Patrick Chamoiseau’s Slave Old Man, coming out May 1 from The New Press. Translated from the French and Creole by Linda Coverdale, the novel follows an elderly slave’s escape from a Martinique plantation into the rainforest, chased by the owner’s favored hound who has already killed six fugitives. Slave Old Man is Prix Goncourt-winner Chamoiseau’s eighth work to be translated into English, and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Discovering City of Asylum Books

Celebrated French children’s writer Claude Ponti’s My Valley was mentioned as a staff favorite in an interview with Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum Books, as “few customers can resist” its magical world. My Valley tells of the Twims, fuzzy creatures who live among secret tree dwellings, buildings that fly, and neverending islands. Elsewhere Editions will publish Ponti’s next book, Hiznobyuti, in May. Located in Alphabet City, City of Asylum specializes in international and translated literature. They also seek to showcase underrepresented communities throughout the United States.

America's 100 Best-Loved Novels

PBS has revealed their list of the 100 best-loved books in America. Based on a “demographically and statistically representative” poll of 7200 people, the list includes titles from five centuries and 15 countries-- while books could be from anywhere, they had to be published in English to be eligible. France had two representatives in the form of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, the second-most translated book in the world, and Alexandre Dumas’ classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Throughout the summer, Americans can vote for their favorite book from the list, with the winner revealed in October. PBS will launch an accompanying program, The Great American Read on May 22, in which authors, celebrities, book lovers, and notable Americans defend their choice for America’s #1 Best-Loved Book.

Vote for the Albertine Prize

With only a few days left, don’t forget to vote for your favorite title for the Albertine Prize! Wishing there was some sort of crash course? We just so happen to have one for you!