French Books USA: Week In Review

February 12, 2015 | By Maggie Love

PEN World Voices Festival at Albertine
Albertine Books in French and English will host several events of this year's PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature,which has a focus on Africa. Among the participating Francophone authors are Odile Cazenave, Ananda Devi, Boubacar Boris Diop, Alain Mabanckou, Achille Mbembe, Jean-Christophe Rufin and Véronique Tadjo. The 11th annual PEN World Voices Festival will take place from May 4-10, 2015.

Soumission: #1 Best seller in France, Germany & Italy
Soumission, Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, is the number one best-selling novel in France, Germany and Italy. Buzzed about well before its release for its subject matter, the book, which takes place in a near-future France led by a Muslim president, was incidentally released the day before the attack on Charlie Hebdo. (This isn't the first time a novel of his has had an unfortunately timed release date--his book Platform appeared in 2011 not long before 9/11.)

Bringing Albertine Books to You
You don’t have to live in New York to enjoy all Albertine Books in French and English has to offer. It is now possible to order books on Independent stores across the U.S. have also partnered with Albertine to introduce “French Corners,” a curated selection of either 75 books in French, or 60 books in English and 15 in French.

Recommended Reading: Guys Like Me
French Voices grant recipient Guys Like Me
was the object of a rave review in the Los Angeles Times this week:

“Born and raised in Paris, [author Dominique Fabre has] written a dozen or so books, but none of the others have been translated into English. That’s a real loss, because in both The Waitress Was New and Guys Like Me he stakes out a compelling territory, explicating the inner lives of characters who cannot quite articulate their hopes and longings to themselves.”

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