French Books USA: Week in Review
Experience the Salon du Livre Jeunesse like never before!
The 32nd edition of the children books festival in Montreuil takes place until December 5th. The festival is expecting at least 150,000 participants with children and teenagers under 18 able to benefit from a free entry all week!“It is both an extraordinary library and a large public space to meet with authors and illustrators.” says Sylvie Vassallo, the director of the festival; “Even for the children who do not like to read, there is such a celebrative atmosphere around books, that it becomes contagious”.
The fair plans more than 2 000 signing sessions allowing kids to meet their favorite authors and illustrators. In an exhibition “The Rule and the Game”, it explores new sensorial approaches to reading with books you can touch, sniff, listen to and taste.
Explore Paris with a “parcours off” centered on children books
Attendees will have the pleasure of discovering illustration of toddler’s pictures books while partaking in a “parcours off” (for off-site events) in close to thirty galleries and museums all around Paris. Treasure maps with addresses will be handed off for the event!
Smartphones and books come together to make one!
Also in Montreuil, “La Ruche Transbook” workshop showcases the latest innovations in digital books for children. Albin Michel and Nathan, two of the most advanced publishing houses in this field, have developed augmented reality books through image recognition technology. The ‘laboratory’ is a place to discover exciting and immersive ways to follow a story.
City/Cité A Franco-American exchange on and about urban democracy
The forum City/Cité brings together researchers, policymakers, city architects, activists, artists, and journalists in a dialogue on the past, present, and future of urban democracy. The first edition took place last year in Chicago. This year, it will be held in Paris on December 9th and 10th at CentQuatre-Paris and the Maison de la Poésie and will offer a space to discuss ways to promote social inclusion and political participation in neighborhoods. It features Marie-Hélène Bacqué, Richard Sennet, Jeff Chang, Beatrice Mariolle, Monica Chadha, Melinda Anderson, Anya Sirota, Mustapha Amokrane, Devon Akom, Sacramento Knoxx, Rokhaya Diallo, and more. Discussions will continue in Detroit in 2017. Learn more about the participants and specific subjects of discussion here.
Reverie slope at La Maison Victor-Hugo
La Maison Victor Hugo pays tribute to the poet by dedicating an exhibition to one of his earlier poems ‘La Pente de la Rêverie’. Considered to be the first visionary poem in Victor-Hugo’s large and acclaimed repertoire, it depicts the journey of a dreamer getting carried away by his own thoughts. The works on display from contemporary filmmakers, photographers, illustrators and writers express their personal connection to the poem.. Painter Anne Slacik, Photographer Jean-Christophe Ballot and ten poets, commissioned to illustrate short feature films, are involved in the project. The exhibition is, to our great pleasure, on view until April 30th of next year!