French Books USA: Week in Review

August 20, 2014 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

IFLA convention in Lyon
The annual convention of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) is currently being held in Lyon, France. 125 organizations signed the “Déclaration de Lyon”, which aims to encourage the United Nations to include the access to information as a priority in the next development agenda.
The IFLA also addressed the matter of copyright on an international level, particularly regarding the sharing of libraries’ and archives’ digital collections.

Anglophone authors in France
The sacred September French rentrée littéraire has been conquered this year by Anglophone authors, especially by the Americans, among which 118 of the 203 new titles are translated from English. Many of these American authors will participate in the Festival America held in Vincennes, September 11-14th.

Book Market Battles
Claws come out between Amazon and Hachette in the ongoing book market battle with more aggressive rhetoric. Both sides have created very public petitions: Hachette’s 900 signatures of authors against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ policies and the Amazon Books Team’s has called for its supporters to email Hachette’s CEO Michael Pietsch as part of its Readers United campaign.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince’s author, spent three years between New York and France during World War II. This article in French newspaper Libération offers the tale of Saint-Exupéry’s work across the Atlantic as well as the personal stories of his life with his wife Consuelo, his lover Sylvia Reinhardt, his friends and business partners Jean Renoir and Hitchcock, and his passion for planes and quest for liberty.

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