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.
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.
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.
An interview with comics author Anouk Ricard whose recent book is 'Anna and Froga'. The interview took place during a panel and party for French comics authors at the Embassy, and was a part of Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, and NY Illustration Week.