French Books USA: Week in Review

April 15, 2016 | By Amy Martin

Bouletcorp Nomination

Gilles Roussel, otherwise known as Boulet, just received recognition this week from the National Cartoonists Society. His blog was nominated for a Silver Reuben award. Boulet, a pioneer of the online comics blog format started his site in 2004 and added an English version in 2009.

ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship

The American Literary Translators Association, in partnership with the Cultural services of the French Embassy, is offering an emerging translator the chance to work with NYU professor and translator Emmanuelle Ertel on a one-year project. The program is designed to establish a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator. The mentee will attend the annual ALTA conference, set meetings with the program mentor, and get his/her work presented at a reading during National Translation Month. Applications will be accepted through April 22!

Quai du Polar

This April, Lyon hosted Quai du Polar, an annual international crime fiction festival. 120 writers from 21 countries were invited, with a special focus on Francophone authors, such as Janis Otsiemi (Gabon), Kangni Alem (Togo), the sisters Amélie and Juliette Nothomb (Belgium), Joseph Incardona (Switzerland) and Patrick Senécal (otherwise known as the Stephen King of Quebec). This year’s readers’ choice award went to Colin Niel for Obia, the third book in his series set in Guyana.

Man Booker Prize Translators

Words Without Borders spent the first week of April interviewing the translators of the books longlisted by the Man Booker Prize. French Voices winners Fiston Mwanza Mujila and his translator Roland Glasser were asked to reflect on writing and translating Tram 83, a gripping debut Congolese novel using jazz rhythms to evoke contemporary Africa.

The Arab of the Future Winner of LA Times Book Prize

Best-selling cartoonist Riad Sattouf won the LA Times Book Prize for graphic novels, for The Arab of the Future, a deeply personal memoir on his childhood in Libya and Syria. Translated in 17 languages, this first volume was blurbed as "a beautiful, funny, and important graphic memoir" by iconic cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

Livre Inter 2016 Finalists

Agnès Desarthe, author of The Foundling and Chez Moi, presides over the jury for this year’s Livre Inter prize. This year’s finalists include Edouard Louis’s much talked about Histoire de la violence, award-winner Jean Echenoz’s Envoyée spéciale, Marie Dorsan‘s beautiful debut novel Le Présent infini s’arrête, and Celle que vous croyez by Camille Laurens.

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