AUGUST 9, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #6

By Book Department

Things take a turn for the dark and disastrous in this sixth edition of our ongoing French Fiction Fridays series. The protagonist of At the Frontiers of Thirst by Kettly Mars is a Hatian author who struggles to hide his less than respectable habits.

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AUGUST 8, 2013

Announcing Futures of the Book program // October 22 - 26, 2013

By Culture & Education (San Francisco)

Join us, and an international crowd of philosophers, writers, book hackers and emerging internet publishing companies in San Francisco for a whole week of events dedicated to reading, writing, and publishing in the digital era.

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AUGUST 2, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #5

By French Culture

This week’s French Fiction Fridays selections take readers to Haiti and Russia to fall in love with uncommon characters. Filled with breathtakingly sensual descriptions, we hope you enjoy these brief glimpses into two exciting novels, available in French bookstores now. Come back next week to discover more fresh French books.

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JULY 16, 2013

Proust Centennial

By Morgan Meis

I first opened Swann’s Way on a train. This is more than twenty years ago, Amtrak heading from New York City up the Hudson and finally to Montreal. It was a nine-hour train ride, the way I remember it. I remember stepping off the train in Montreal and wondering where the hours had gone.

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JULY 10, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #4

By French Culture

In the fourth edition of our ongoing French Fiction Fridays series, we go on the road with two exciting new novels. Élise, the heroine of Two Strangers by Émilie Frèche, receives an unexpected phone call from her estranged father, beckoning her on an urgent road trip to Morocco.

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JULY 9, 2013

A Proust Moment

By Harold Augenbraum

In 2004 I went with twelve other American Proustians to Paris, Illiers-Combray, and Cabourg. In Paris, in order to “re-experience” the pissoir scene from In Search of Lost Time, we went to an underground pissoir in the Place Madeleine...

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JULY 3, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #3

By French Culture

This week, in our ongoing series French Fiction Fridays, we are excited to present a short story and a novel excerpt from two debut books by brilliant new authors. The title story from Franck Courtès’s collection Authorisation to Participate in Running Competitions gives the reader an intimate view into the life of a woman preparing to run a marathon.

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JULY 2, 2013

Reading Proust

By Lydia Davis

I know approximately, but not exactly, when I first read Proust. I was living in France at the time. I was probably 24 or 25. I bought the little cream-colored two-volume Gallimard edition of the first book of the novel--Du Côté de chez Swann.

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JULY 2, 2013

Interview with Chad Post

By Lucie Soureillat

Chad Post is the publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester, a press dedicated to publishing literature in translation, which he founded in 2007. In addition, he runs the Three Percent website, which receives more than three-quarters of a million visits per year and is home to the Translation Database, the Three Percent Podcast, and the Best Translated Book Awards (BTBAs).

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JULY 1, 2013

Ebook News numéro 1

By French Culture

[FRENCH] Les Services culturels français des ambassades de New York et de Toronto vous proposent une nouvelle blog trimestrielle pour suivre l’actualité du livre numérique sur le marché nord-américain. Au fil des articles répertoriés dans cette revue de presse, vous trouverez des statistiques sur les comportements de lecture au Canada et aux États-Unis, un éclairage sur les événements marquants, les dernières stratégies marketing et les technologies de lecture.

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JUNE 28, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #2

By French Culture

This second installment of French Fiction Fridays introduces us to Paris as it is known by a number of exceptional characters. In the excerpt from Fanny Chiarello’s novel Une faiblesse de Carlotta Delmont, the eponymous opera star describes the city to her beloved in a letter written before she takes the stage at the Opéra Garnier.

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JUNE 24, 2013

Teaching “Proust and His World”

By Larry Bensky

I’ve maintained the “Radio Proust” web site for almost six years now, and have concurrently been teaching a course called “Proust and His World” for the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at UC Berkeley. One of the major obstacles I’ve encountered, which seems to be shared by many Proust admirers, is how to engage those who have little or no knowledge of Proust in his magnificent work?

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JUNE 21, 2013

French Fiction Fridays #1

By French Culture

We are excited to present French Fiction Fridays, a summer series highlighting works of contemporary French fiction not yet translated into English. Each Friday, we will highlight two titles with excerpts from the books presented in the original French alongside an English translation.

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JUNE 17, 2013

The Stirrings of My Felt Body

By Siri Hustvedt

To read Proust is to feel the fluctuations of a consciousness in all its mingled modes—sensory, cognitive, emotional. But for me the enchantment of his immense novel lies in the fact that the narrator is agonizingly aware of the chasm between experience and language.

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JUNE 11, 2013

This Everest of Literature

By Steve Wasserman

I confess: For more than forty years, I’ve had this Everest of literature on my shelves, but all previous attempts to conquer its summit had defeated me.

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JUNE 11, 2013

In Residence at the Villa Gillet

By Edward Gauvin

The newest feature of Residencies in Review, In Residence allows a unique window into international residencies by asking current residents to share their experiences. Immediate and detailed, these accounts provide an "on the ground" narration of life in some of the world's most coveted residency programs.

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MAY 29, 2013

Time Travel

By Mary Hawthorne

Recently, I’ve come back to Proust. I did not resolve once again, once and for all, to finish reading his masterwork (like a surprising number of my literary friends, I’d been swearing to do this for years); instead, I simply began reading him again, every morning on my way to the office on the No. 7 train, and every evening on my way home.

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MAY 29, 2013

En attendant Proust

By Tom Bishop

I read Du côté de chez Swann for the first time as a sophomore and was fortunate in having a charismatic instructor introduce me to the then strange and wonderful world of Marcel Proust. Without the help of a tisane and with no madeleine, the theatrical Professor Floyd Zulli opened up a remarkable universe which beckoned me to enter.

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MAY 29, 2013

Residencies in Review: Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires

By Tegan Raleigh

Residencies in Review highlights international residencies for writers and translators of French by sharing the experiences of past participants. Some of these programs provide literary artists with structure, scheduled workshops, meetings, and excursions, while others provide the time and space to work away from the concerns of day-to-day life and let the writers and translators plan their own work schedules.

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MAY 21, 2013

Joys and Perils of Rereading

By Elisabeth Ladenson

My own introduction to Proust came first via my bookish mother, whose enthusiastic recommendation was enough to put me off for some years (such are the unfortunate vagaries of adolescence). When I finally started reading Swann’s Way it was in French, in France, when I was meant to be working on something else entirely.

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