French Books USA: Week In Review

September 18, 2014 | By Maggie Love

Nominees for the Prix Médicis Announced
Authors long listed for the 2014 Prix Médicis and the Prix Médicis Etranger were announced Friday. The award was founded in 1958 to honor authors whose “fame does not yet match their talent.” The next selection will be announced October 9th, and the award presented in November. Nominees for the Prix Jean-Freustié were also announced last Friday.

Le Livre Sur La Place Draws 170 000
France’s biggest literary salon of the rentrée littéraire
drew 170 000 attendees and 25 000 participants to Nancy September 12-14. This was Livre Sur La Place’s 36th year.

Amazon v. Hachette: Authors Weigh In
On Monday, over 900 authors signed an open letter to Amazon protesting the sanctioning of Hachette books. “Amazon is undermining the ability of authors to support their families, pay their mortgages, and provide for their kids' college educations. We'd like to emphasize that most of us are not Hachette authors, and our concern is founded on principle, rather than self-interest,” the group writes in the letter.

Oldest Bookstore in Paris in Danger of Closing
Parisians fear Delamain bookstore will not be able to afford a steep rent increase. The bookstore opened its doors in 1700, and has been at its current location on rue Saint-Honoré, across the street from the Comédie Française, since 1906.

Calling All Artists : Joyce Letters Contest
James Joyce's famously racy letters to his wife Nora may be available in paperback, but her side of the correspondence remains unpublished. That’s where you come in. Artpress and the Writing Department of l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Psychopathologies invite you to write, draw or photograph a response to Joyce as Nora.

The 50 Books That Most Influenced Facebook Users
Chances are you’ve been “nominated” by a Facebook friend to list the 10 books that have most influenced you. Facebook aggregated this data to create a list of the 50 most cited books. Although 70 percent of participants live in the US or the UK, Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Le Petit Prince made the list.


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