JULY 17, 2014

French Book USA: Week in Review


Week after week, Amazon keeps on stealing the headlines: In response to the adoption of a law by the French Parliament that forbids free shipping on book orders (in addition to setting a 5% discount limit), Amazon has announced its plan to now charge clients a token sum of one cent (in euros) for deliveries.

JULY 10, 2014

French Books USA: Week in Review


Amazon continues to be the subject of much debate across Europe. Recently, the European Commission began investigating the fiscal advantages given to Amazon for book sales in Luxembourg. Meanwhile...

JULY 8, 2014

Parisian Bookshop Boycotts Amazon


Just a few weeks after France passed the notorious "anti-Amazon" law, the Parisian-based Abbey Bookshop is pushing forward with its plans for an official boycott against the online retail giant with "The Pledge of Independents".

JUNE 26, 2014

French Parliament Passes “Anti-Amazon Law” for Online Book Sales


On June 26th, French parliament members passed a law forbidding a combined 5% discount and free shipping on books.

JUNE 24, 2014

Award-Winning French Novels

By Juliette Coirier & Sophie Thunberg

With only 1% of fiction in translation in the U.S., quite a few books (not only French) remain unknown to the American audience. We decided to compile an extensive list of the latest award-winning French fiction and non-fiction books to be one day (hopefully soon) translated by American publishers.

JUNE 17, 2014

French Voices and Hemingway Grant Spring Sessions


We are proud to announce the 2014 recipients of the French Voices Award and Hemingway Grants for the spring!

JUNE 10, 2014

First Hackathon for Digital Graphic Novels

By Marine Baudoin

Over 70 authors, developers, and editors from all backgrounds came forward to the first digital graphic novels hackathon organized by the Labo de l’édition (an incubator for innovative digital publishing companies) and Sequencity (a readers’ and purchase platform for digital comic books) in partnership with Livre Hebdo (a weekly news source on the publishing world).

JUNE 6, 2014

Why Karl Ove Knausgaard, the Norwegian Proust, is (not yet) such a big deal in France

By Laurence Marie

Karl Ove Knausgaard is touring New York this week, and his visit marks the culmination of tremendous buzz over the newly released translation of the third volume of his epic work My Struggle. The fascinating novel has been purchased by a whopping one out of 10 Norwegians, and it was met with similar enthusiasm in the U.S. But in France, My Struggle was met with relative indifference. Why such a transatlantic contrast?

JUNE 5, 2014

Crowd Funding with Lightning Speed!

By Juliette Coirier

French graphic novelist Boulet and American screenwriter Zach Weiner got together for a very interesting comic book adaptation project supported by collective fundraising. The campaign was launched on Kickstarter on Monday, June 2nd, and in no more than 3 hours, the two partners in crime had already reached their $30,000 goal.

MAY 30, 2014

"Shoot the Book!" during the Cannes film festival


May 2014 saw the first edition of Shoot the Book!, a literary and cinema event organized by Scelf (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française), MOTif (Conservatoire du livre et de l’écrit), and the Île-de-France film commission, with the support of CNL.

MAY 29, 2014

Estimated 2014 Translated Titles List


Between 2010 and 2013 we caught a glimpse of the rising translation presence in the US market with a 50% prodigious increase. 2014, more than ever, shows French well ahead in the lead past translated languages.

MAY 27, 2014

Good News for French Translations as Book Expo America (BEA) Opens!

By Laurence Marie

As Book Expo America is about to start, with an opening day devoted entirely to translation, we have some great news for all fans of literature in translation.