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JANUARY 29, 2014

Interview with Serge Patrice Thibodeau

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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.

OCTOBER 23, 2013

Radio Canada Speaks with François-Xavier Schmit, Manager of the Future French Bookshop of New York

By French Culture

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.

OCTOBER 18, 2013

The Enduring Relevance of Proust

By French Culture

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.

OCTOBER 14, 2013

Interview with Katherine Hayles

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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.

OCTOBER 2, 2013

Interview with Manager of Future French Bookshop at 972

By French Culture

An interview with Francois-Xavier Schmit, manager of the future French bookshop at the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Proust and the Schiffs - A Conversation with Stephen Klaidman

By Diana Murray Watts

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.

JULY 24, 2013

Interview with Comic Artist Matt Madden

By French Culture

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...

JULY 15, 2013

Interview with Author and Illustrator Olivier Tallec

By French Culture

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.

JULY 2, 2013

Interview with Chad Post

By Lucie Soureillat

Chad Post, founder and publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester, a press dedicated to publishing literature in translation, shares his experiences as a publisher and his vision of the future of e-books.

MAY 1, 2013

Interview with Boulet

By Rachael Small

Boulet refers to his work as autofiction. “Things always go wrong,” he told Bell, “it’s never completely true.” Perhaps you can find the tools to tell truth from fiction in this interview with American comic artist Jim Benton and critic Scott McCloud.

APRIL 16, 2013

Interview with Alex Alice

By Rachael Small

As you look forward to the American release of Alex Alice’s graphic novel Siegfried II: The Valkyrie (available May 21 from Archaia), read an interview with his translator, Edward Gauvin. Here, he discusses working in different formats, the challenges of fantasy, and some of his favorite French and American comic artists.

FEBRUARY 20, 2013

Interview with Author & Translator: Arno Bertina and Laird Hunt

By Rachael Small

Arno Bertina will be touring in the U.S. with his translator Laird Hunt in February and March of 2013 for the launch of Brando, My Solitude. Conceived as a biographical hypothesis, the narrative stages a posthumous meeting between the author and his grandfather.

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