French Books USA: Week in Review
After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, illustrators and graphic novel artists reacted, like Joann Sfar and Plantu. Tintin and his dog Snowy cried, in many images, for their compatriots. Along with the hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles, art conveying the country’s flag and fries circulated to show support and unity from France.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila Wins Etisalat Prize for Literature
The prestigious Etisalat Prize for literature is "the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books". Fiston Mwanza Mujila's fantastic and jazzy Tram 83 was awarded the prize - we joyfully join his American publisher Deep Vellum in congratulating him!
Albertine Books and Ebooks
The Albertine selection of 28,000 ebooks available in the U.S. is off to a stellar start, with coverage from Actualitté, Livres Hebdo, and Publishers Weekly.
This week, two new independent bookstores in Denver and West Hollywood added French Corners to their shelves. Tattered Cover Books Store and Book Soup now offer a selection of the best of French literature, in French and English, thoroughly curated by the Albertine team.
Night of the Book
The Nuit du Livre is the only prize rewarding an exceptional collaboration between a publisher and a manufacturer, celebrating books as works of art. The Grand Prize was awarded to Champs de Bataille, a magnificent coffee-table book showing black-and-white pictures of battlefields, published by Photosynthèses editions.
Reading a book is considered the most worthwhile cultural activity by almost a third of the French—which is not surprising to us in the Book Department. Although the number of “big readers” in France (15 or more books per year) has gone down since 2006, the percentage of “average readers” (1-9 nine books) has increased from 36% to 55% in the last decade, according to a national survey released Sunday. Confidence in the resilience of print editions has also seen gains, as ebook sales continue to level off.
Line-up for Festival America in September
50 American authors will represent “America in all its states” at the biannual Festival America next September. Seasoned veteran of crime fiction James Ellroy has top billing, and many newcomers, like Garth Risk Hallberg, are invited. With an attendance of 36,000 in 2014, this year's festival will be a very exciting interaction between American writers and their French audiences.
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