US Publishers David R. Godine and Nebraska Press acquired the rights for books written by both Patrick Modiano and Jean-Marie Le Clézio long before they became the Nobel prize-winning authors they are today. Both David R. Godine and Nebraska Press kindly agreed to answer to a few questions for the Book Department about their discoveries of Modiano and Le Clézio.
Unbelievably, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry spent only one week on bestseller lists when it was first published in 1943 in New York. Now available in 250 languages, it is the most translated work of fiction worldwide.
Eric Reynolds is Assistant Publisher for Fantagraphics, a comic books publishing house in Seattle. Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. It now has an international reputation, both for its publications in print and digital format. As one of the major publisher of comic books in the USA, Fantagraphics is partly distributed by ComiXology, which has just been acquired by Amazon.
Serge Patrice Thibodeau is the editorial director of Éditions Perce-Neige, a publishing house based in Moncton, New Brunswick, that is dedicated to publishing works by Acadian authors. He is also author, member of the Board of Directors of the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL), and Vice President of the Regroupement des éditeurs canadiens-français (RECF) all at once. He shares his experiences as a publisher of digital books in a bilingual country and gives us his opinion on the future of books.
René Homier Roy of Radio Canada’s “La Bibliothèque de René”, a radio show devoted to the discussion of books and bookshops, interviews François-Xavier Schmit the manager of the future French bookshop at 972 Fifth Avenue.
In conjunction with the French Embassy's centennial celebration of the publication of Proust's Swann's Way, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, Antonin Baudry spoke to CUNY TV about the enduring relevance of Proust. He argues that the author is not only important to the history of literature, but also psychoanalysis and philosophy. Proust's work is still relevant today, Baudry argues, because it is universal, "it describes all the internal mechanisms we discover in ourselves." And, of course, it is also fun.
Katherine Hayles is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science. She is professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Literature Department at Duke University. This fall, she organizes the symposium "Creative Minds" in San Francisco, which aims to stimulate a discussion on the radical reorganization of cognition that has emerged from the revolution in the digital production of texts.
An interview with Francois-Xavier Schmit, manager of the future French bookshop at the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue.
Stephen Klaidman, a respected journalist, author and scholar demonstrates his unending passion for the written word. In his most recent publication, Sydney and Violet: Their Life with T.S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis, Klaidman unveils an intellectually compelling and historically fascinating novel.
On July 11, 2013 comic artist Matt Madden received the insignia of the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, making him one of the few American cartoonists to be given this honor along with the great Robert Crumb. After the ceremony, Madden answered a few questions about his work, his relationship with France and his cultural adventures...
Interview with French children’s book author and illustrator Olivier Tallec. Tallec has illustrated more than 50 children’s books. His stories are stripped to their most essential narrative and told without text, only in images.