French Books USA: Week in Review

May 29, 2015 | By Kyra Sturgill
A display of French comics at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

French and American Publishers Gather in NYC to Discuss French Comics  
An event organized by the Bureau international de l’édition française took place at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy this past week in order to bring French and American editors and publishers together to discuss the promotion and publication of French comics and graphic novels in the United States. Over sixty editors gathered for panels on the state of French comics in the American book market as well as their future. Panels featured both French and American editors of publishers of graphic novels such as Adam Lerner of Lerner Publishing, Mark Siegel of First Second and Terry Nantier of NBM. Take a look at the Publishers Weekly's article detailing the event's discussion and conclusions.

French Minister of Culture Announces Support for Cultural Festivals
Following the cancellations of various literary and arts festivals throughout France in the coming months, Fleur Pellerin, French Minister of Culture and Communication, announced an initiative to find possible solutions for aiding some of these cultural events that have disappeared. She hopes to designate a role to someone who can take the time to examine how to best provide solutions for these cancelled festivals, and doing so on a case by case basis.  Pellerin has declared the interest of France to invest in cultural resources: “to invest in culture today, in artistic projects and festivals, is to invest in the vitality and creativity of tomorrow, accessible to all out our citizens, our youth; this is also to invest in the economic development of our cities and regions.”

Valérie Zenatti Awarded Prix Libraries en Seine
The French-Israeli writer Valérie Zenatti received the award Prix Libraries en Seine this week for her novel Jacob, Jacob from the collective Libraries en Seine, a group of bookstores west of Paris within the region of Hauts-de-Seine. Jacob, Jacob tells the story of a young Jewish soldier during World War II and his experience in the liberation of France in 1944. Zenatti, who was born in France and then spent the majority of her childhood and young-adult life in Israel, has authored novels for adults and young adults, as well as books for children. Zenatti will be visiting the US for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of French children’s publisher Ecole des loisirs this fall.

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