France's stance on the author's rights; head of Hachette Livre reacts to the ban on a reduced e-book tax; new novel by Fred Vargas published; Thomas Piketty clarifies findings in a new paper; and Jean Vanier is awarded 2015 Templeton Prize.
The new publication by French curator Wilfried Zeisler, L’Objet d’art et de luxe français en Russie (1881-1917) Fournisseurs, Clients, Collections et Influences (French ‘Objets d’Art’ and Luxury goods in Russia (1881-1917) Suppliers, Clients, Collections and Influences), is an adaptation of his doctoral dissertation and is dedicated to the study of decorative arts in the context of political, social, commercial, and artistic interactions between France and Russia.
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira met with celebrated authors Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, and Dinaw Mengestu at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York for a discussion on the intersection of writing and political activism.
Albertine Books in French and English, which opened in September 2014 at the French Embassy in New York, has just launched an accompanying online shop (albertine.com) offering the most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States.
Finalists and prize winners have been announced for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Prix Version Femina and the Angoulême Grand Prix. Plus, a list of 2014's top-selling authors of novels in France, and a new study on e-books in France.
On January 21, the French Voices Ceremony - presided this year by Honorary Chair Rick Moody - took place for the second time and awarded our ten grantees for 2014. Among them, one has been elected by the French Voices Jury to be the recipient of the 2014 Grand Prize. Check it out!