French Books USA: Week In Review

September 25, 2014 | By Maggie Love

Albertine Opens Its Doors
Albertine Books in French and English opens this Saturday. Designed by French architect Jacques Garcia in the style of a private French library, the bookstore will be a center for discussion between major European and American artists and thinkers. Albertine is open seven days a week.

Grand Prix du Roman Nominees Announced
L’Académie française has announced the 10 novels it has longlisted for its Grand Prix du Roman. Included in the list are Constellation by Adrien Bosc, Gilles Martin-Chauffier’s  La femme qui dit non, and Antoine Volodine’s Terminus radieux, all of which have been nominated for other literary prizes. The winner will be announced October 30.

Celebrating Françoise Sagan
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Françoise Sagan’s death and the 60th year since the publication of her famous novel Bonjour Tristesse. Various cities around France, including Brive and Deauville,  will hold celebrations at libraries and book fairs.

Rare Comic Book Page Discovered
A Belgian collector has discovered an original page from the 1938 Tintin comic book Le Sceptre d'Ottokar. The piece, which is valued at up to 300, 000 euros,  will be auctioned off next November.

TV5 Monde Launches Library
TV5 Monde, in partnership with the digital publisher Ligaran, launched a free digital library Thursday. Users can browse up to 201 titles by authors including Flaubert, Apollinaire and Balzac.

Frankfurt Book Fair
France has accepted Frankfurt Book Fair's invitation to be its guest of honor in 2017. In a statement, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Minister Delegate Fleur Pellerin called the fair "the most important book fair in the world" and noted this would be a great opportunity for France to strengthen its cultural relations with Germany.

Writer Profile: Emmanuel Carrère
Emmanuel Carrère is one of “few great writers in France today,” according to the Paris Review. His “non-fiction novel” Limonov will be out in English next month, and he will be joining Albertine for its festival in October. To find out more about Carrère's life and work, check out The Guardian’s in-depth profile.


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