Both France and the United States have strong traditions of publishing revues, or journals, featuring literary fiction, non-fiction and critiques. As a result, both countries boast a variety of high quality publications, in print and online, ranging from the prestigious and longstanding to the innovative and buzz-worthy.

On November 7-8, 2014, founders, editors and authors of a dozen French publications will travel to New York to meet their American counterparts for the series “French and American Journals: A Literary Salon.” The two-day event will showcase a wide range of writing styles, including long-form journalism and reportage, book and art reviews, research, and critical theory. Public debates and one-on-one professional meetings will provide opportunities for attendees to engage in informal discussions and new collaborations. At the end of each panel, attendees will be invited to share the texts they find to be good candidates for translation from French to English and vice-versa.


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE
RSVP to bookoffice@frenchculture.org

PROGRAM

For more information about the participants
 

Friday, November 7th

8:45amCafé-Croissants

9:15amWelcome and introduction

Antonin Baudry (Cultural counselor), Laurence Marie and Anne-Sophie Hermil (Book Department)

9:30amPanel 1-Shaping Representations of the World

Is writing for a journal (or revue) fundamentally different from publishing a newspaper article or a book? How does a journal’s ability to publish longer pieces less frequently in a collaborative work environment shape the way in which its writers analyze and describe the world’s realities? And how can a journal piece grow into a full-length book or artistic project?

With Laetitia Atlani-Duault (Socio), Philippe Forest (Nouvelle Revue française), Deborah Treisman (The New Yorker) and Philippe Vasset (Feuilleton, Vanity Fair)

Moderated by Rob Spillman (Tin House)

11amPause café

11:15amPanel 2-The Life Cycle of a Journal

What motivates a group to launch a new publication? How might a journal form its editorial stance and identity? How can it ensure its content evolves over the years, along with its editorial committee? At what point does a journal decide to end production, or to begin publishing in another format?

With Jean Bourgault (Les Temps modernes), Laurent Dubreuil (Diacritics, Labyrinthe), Heidi Julavits (The Believer), Oliver Rohe (Inculte, Le Believer) and Nicole Rudick (Paris Review)

Moderated by Uzoamaka Maduka (The American Reader)

12:45pmLunch

2pmTête-à-tête (not open to the general public)

4:30pmPause

5pmPanel 3- Collaborative Publishing in Progress: Behind and Beyond the Piketty Effect

This month, Public Books and La Vie des idées will co-publish a virtual roundtable investigating different aspects of political economy in Europe and in the US. How does this comparative approach shed light on current directions in the study of inequalities, in both academic and public spheres ?

With Lucie Campos and Florent Guénard (La Vie des idées), Sharon Marcus and Caitlin Zaloom (Public Books)

Moderated by Karen Narefsky (Jacobin)

6.45pmPanel 4-Two Critical Cultures?

Who drives taste in France and in the US? To what extent do the approaches, contents, tone, and ethics involved in reviewing (and reading) books in print and online differ in the two countries?

With Florent Guénard (La Vie des idées), Daniel Mendelsohn (New York Review of Books), Raphaëlle Rérolle (Le Monde Supplément Culture et Idées”), Christine Smallwood (Harper’s Magazine) and Jennifer Szalai (New York Times Book Review)

Moderated by Sam Sacks (Open Letters Monthly, Wall Street Journal)

8:30 pmCocktail

Saturday, November 8th

9amCafé-Croissants

9:45Tête-à-tête (not open to the general public)

11:00amPanel 5 –The Journal in the Public Forum

Literary journals have a strong tradition of publishing the work of engaged intellectuals. Do they play a role in directing public discourse? How can a journal work as a space for social and political activism?

With John R. MacArthur (Harper’s), Olivier Mongin (Esprit), Patrick de Saint-Exupéry (XXI) and Lynne Tillman (Frieze)

Moderated by Joshua Cohen


For more information about the participants

(If you missed the Literary Salon, you can watch video footage here.)


The debates and discussions of "French and American Journals: A Literary Salon" are open to the public. The French and American journals will be on sale at Albertine Books in French and English, the reading room and bookstore of the French Cultural Services.

“French and American Journals: A Literary Salon” is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and co-sponsored by the Institut français in Paris, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wildenstein, the French American Foundation, and Y.-A. Istel Foundation.

Cultural Services of the French Embassy 972 5th Ave New York, NY

French and American Journals: A Literary Salon

When
Nov 7-8, 2014
Where
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 5th Ave
New York, NY

Both France and the United States have strong traditions of publishing revues, or journals, featuring literary fiction, non-fiction and critiques. As a result, both countries boast a variety of high quality publications, in print and online, ranging from the prestigious and longstanding to the innovative and buzz-worthy.

On November 7-8, 2014, founders, editors and authors of a dozen French publications will travel to New York to meet their American counterparts for the series “French and American Journals: A Literary Salon.” The two-day event will showcase a wide range of writing styles, including long-form journalism and reportage, book and art reviews, research, and critical theory. Public debates and one-on-one professional meetings will provide opportunities for attendees to engage in informal discussions and new collaborations. At the end of each panel, attendees will be invited to share the texts they find to be good candidates for translation from French to English and vice-versa.


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE
RSVP to bookoffice@frenchculture.org

 

PROGRAM

For more information about the participants
 

Friday, November 7th

8:45amCafé-Croissants

9:15amWelcome and introduction

Antonin Baudry (Cultural counselor), Laurence Marie and Anne-Sophie Hermil (Book Department)

9:30amPanel 1-Shaping Representations of the World

Is writing for a journal (or revue) fundamentally different from publishing a newspaper article or a book? How does a journal’s ability to publish longer pieces less frequently in a collaborative work environment shape the way in which its writers analyze and describe the world’s realities? And how can a journal piece grow into a full-length book or artistic project?

With Laetitia Atlani-Duault (Socio), Philippe Forest (Nouvelle Revue française), Deborah Treisman (The New Yorker) and Philippe Vasset (Feuilleton, Vanity Fair)

Moderated by Rob Spillman (Tin House)

11amPause café

11:15amPanel 2-The Life Cycle of a Journal

What motivates a group to launch a new publication? How might a journal form its editorial stance and identity? How can it ensure its content evolves over the years, along with its editorial committee? At what point does a journal decide to end production, or to begin publishing in another format?

With Jean Bourgault (Les Temps modernes), Laurent Dubreuil (Diacritics, Labyrinthe), Heidi Julavits (The Believer), Oliver Rohe (Inculte, Le Believer) and Nicole Rudick (Paris Review)

Moderated by Uzoamaka Maduka (The American Reader)

12:45pmLunch

2pmTête-à-tête (not open to the general public)

4:30pmPause

5pmPanel 3- Collaborative Publishing in Progress: Behind and Beyond the Piketty Effect

This month, Public Books and La Vie des idées will co-publish a virtual roundtable investigating different aspects of political economy in Europe and in the US. How does this comparative approach shed light on current directions in the study of inequalities, in both academic and public spheres ?

With Lucie Campos and Florent Guénard (La Vie des idées), Sharon Marcus and Caitlin Zaloom (Public Books)

Moderated by Karen Narefsky (Jacobin)

6.45pmPanel 4-Two Critical Cultures?

Who drives taste in France and in the US? To what extent do the approaches, contents, tone, and ethics involved in reviewing (and reading) books in print and online differ in the two countries?

With Florent Guénard (La Vie des idées), Daniel Mendelsohn (New York Review of Books), Raphaëlle Rérolle (Le Monde Supplément Culture et Idées”), Christine Smallwood (Harper’s Magazine) and Jennifer Szalai (New York Times Book Review)

Moderated by Sam Sacks (Open Letters Monthly, Wall Street Journal)

8:30 pmCocktail

 

Saturday, November 8th

9amCafé-Croissants

9:45Tête-à-tête (not open to the general public)

11:00amPanel 5 –The Journal in the Public Forum

Literary journals have a strong tradition of publishing the work of engaged intellectuals. Do they play a role in directing public discourse? How can a journal work as a space for social and political activism?

With John R. MacArthur (Harper’s), Olivier Mongin (Esprit), Patrick de Saint-Exupéry (XXI) and Lynne Tillman (Frieze)

Moderated by Joshua Cohen


For more information about the participants

(If you missed the Literary Salon, you can watch video footage here.)


The debates and discussions of "French and American Journals: A Literary Salon" are open to the public. The French and American journals will be on sale at Albertine Books in French and English, the reading room and bookstore of the French Cultural Services.

“French and American Journals: A Literary Salon” is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and co-sponsored by the Institut français in Paris, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wildenstein, the French American Foundation, and Y.-A. Istel Foundation.

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