French Books USA: Week In Review

January 30, 2015 | By Maggie Love

Angoulême Comics Festival Wraps Up This Weekend
Angoulême festival organizers honored Charlie Hebdo with its inaugural prix de la liberté d'expression. An exhibition on the history of the satirical magazine is also showing through the end of the festival on Sunday night.

This year’s Grand Prize was awarded to Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. This is the first time the festival, which is now in its 42nd year, has awarded the prize to a Japanese author.

Krakow & Wroclaw Salon du Livre Guests of Honor
Paris has named Brazil, along with the Polish cities of Krakow and Wroclaw, guests of honor at this year’s Salon du Livre. Krakow has been a Unesco City of Literature since 2013, while Wroclaw is the 2016 European Capital of Culture. This week, the organizers of the Salon du Livre released the list of 21 invited authors from these two cities, which includes novelists, graphic novelists, playwrights, poets and nonfiction authors. Editors from over 40 countries are expected to attend this year’s fair, which will take place March 20th through the 23rd.

Prix des Deux Magots Winner Announced
Serge Joncour has been awarded the Prix des Deux Magots for his novel L'Ecrivain national (Flammarion, 2014). L’Ecrivain national is the story of a writer who, while completing a residency in a small French village, comes across a newspaper article about a beautiful woman who is suspected of murder and decides to investigate. You can read the first few pages of the award-winning title (in French) here.

Critics Are Talking About:
Yasmina Reza’s newly translated novel Happy Are the Happy, a series of interconnected stories about love told from the perspectives of mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, adulterers, sons and daughters. The book, which was released in English by Other Press on Tuesday, was a Publishers Weekly Book of the Week, and an interview with the author was recently published in Vogue. In addition to books (Adam Haberberg; Dawn, Dusk, or Night) Reza has written plays, including The God of Carnage, which was adapted into the film Carnage (2011). You can catch Reza at Albertine on February 11th!

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