An interview between writer Karim Miské author of Arab Jazz, and his translator Sam Gordon
On March 19, 2016, as part the Tilt Kids Festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York initiated a one-of-a-kind event for children, inspired by the French books "Les Goûters Philo". Under the starry ceiling of Albertine Books, 80 children gathered in small groups to deep dive into philosophy and express their thoughts on subjects such as friendship and the infinite. The workshops were led by Critchley’s PhD students, who shared their experiences with us following this first-time event.
"Built from the belief that independent, ambitious literature deserves its own store", Andrew Lipstein's 0s&1s Reads might as well represent the future of independent digital publishing.
An interview with Meriam Korichi, curator and stage director of A Night of Philosophy, an event she created in 2010, premiering in New York, April 24th, 2015.
Nobrow - a British independent publisher for comic books and graphic novels - has just launched an application for Ipad, where you can access the publisher's titles and make your own Nobrow library. Read here our interview with Nobrow Managing Director Sam Arthur.
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.