French Books USA: Week In Review

January 23, 2015 | By Maggie Love
Pierre Lemaître

Piketty Named Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist
Thomas Piketty, economist and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is one of 30 finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award for the best books of 2014. Piketty is in the running for the nonfiction prize, one of six total awards (one for each category: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry).

Prix Version Femina Announced
Lola Lafon has been awarded the Version Femina prize for her fourth book, La Petite Communiste qui ne souriait jamais (2014). This is the seventh prize the book has received. Lafon toured the US last year when her book We Are the Birds of the Coming Storm was published in English by Seagull books.

Finalists Chosen for Angoulême Grand Prix
The grand prize of the Angoulême International Comics Festival will go to one of three finalists: Katsuhiro Otomo, Alan Moore and Hermann Huppen. Otomo is known for revolutionizing manga, while Moore, the author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is known for his cartoons’ political messages. Hermann, meanwhile, has produced work in a variety of genres, from science fiction to historical fiction.

France’s Bestselling Fiction Authors
Le Figaro and marketing research company GfK have released the list of France's 10 top-selling novelists in 2014. Nobel prize winner Patrick Modiano ranked Number 6 on the list, with 707, 000 copies of his books sold. Also on the list was Pierre Lemaître, who's coming to the US this September for the US release of his book Au-revoir là-haut.

The French Prefer Print Books
According to a recent study, an overwhelming majority (85 percent) of French people prefer print books to their e-book counterparts.


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