APRIL 28, 2014

The Next Wave of Poet-Rock: Jean-Louis Aubert & Michel Houellebecq's "Les parages du vide"

By Souen Léger I translated & readapted by Sophie Thunberg

Jean-Louis Aubert, the former singer of popular French rock band Téléphone (1976-1986) and Michel Houellebecq, the controversial award-winning French poet have joined creative quirky forces in collaboration of a sensational poetic rock project, Les parages du vide (The spaces of emptiness). Released on April 14th, the album features 16 songs composed by Aubert with lyrics from Houellebecq’s collection of poetry in Configuration du dernier ravage (Flammarion, 2013).

APRIL 28, 2014

The SPFFA’s Biennial Colloquium: Call for Papers


The Société des professeurs français et francophones d'Amérique (SPFFA) is calling for papers with the themes: "Creation and Reality in Francophone Letters" & "Wars and Conflicts" for its May 15th deadline. The selected papers will be announced by June 10th for the October 24-25th colloquium in NYC, which will feature 2011 Prix Goncourt winning-author Alexis Jenni on his work, "Guerres écrites et guerres silencieuses" ("Written Wars and Silent Wars").

MARCH 21, 2014

What does the future of digital graphic novels look like?

By by Marine Baudoin, Kimberly Corliss and Sophie Thunberg

Thanks to the International Digital Publishing Forum’s support for ePub, the accessibility of digital works has greatly improved in recent years. But with the advent of so much new technology, a need for more uniform standards in digital graphic novel media has arisen and is beginning to be addressed.

MARCH 19, 2014

Salon du Livre in Paris Honors Argentinian Literature


This year’s Salon du Livre in Paris will feature the multicultural and dynamic literary collection of Argentina. Visitors will be able to discover innovative, diverse, and poetic contemporary literature.

MARCH 6, 2014

Helen Tartar: French thought has lost a great friend

By French Culture

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden death of Helen Tartar, editorial director of Fordham University Press. She's been instrumental in bringing French works to an English readership.

MARCH 1, 2014

Why Do French Comics Sell Abroad?

By Colombine Depaire and Alicen Hubert

On the occasion of the 41st Angoulême Comics Festival, which ended last Sunday, what better time to take a look at the state of French comics on the American book market?

FEBRUARY 25, 2014

Revisiting the First World War

By Alicen Hubert

How can we address World War I a century later? As the centennial of la Grande Guerre approaches, French publishers are releasing a wide range of titles in all genres dealing with diverse aspects of the war.

FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Mois de la Francophonie 2014: Writing contest on human rights, children's rights and Le Petit Prince

By Benoît Le Dévédec

2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In the wake of this celebration, the FHLP, in partnership with the Succession Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, organizes a writing contest on human rights, children's rights and Le Petit Prince, for high school students in NYC.

FEBRUARY 10, 2014

The French Voices Grand Prize goes to....


On February 6th, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE hosted the first French Voices Award Ceremony, with a special homage to the late publisher André Schiffrin. The French Voices Grand Prize Prize was awarded to translator Melanie Mauthner and Archipelago Books for Notre-Dame du Nil by Scholastique Mukasonga.

JANUARY 27, 2014

French Voices Award | Grantees 2013 Fall Session


In 2013, the Cultural Services’ French Voices grant has become the French Voices Award. This year, thanks to the large number of outstanding applications, 12 titles have been selected by an independent committee of professionals to receive the translation prize. These 12 recipients represent new trends in French fiction and underrepresented perspectives in French non-fiction. Discover the list of the fall session’s 8 grantees.

JANUARY 26, 2014

Read? Read. Read!

By Laurence Marie

What’s on the horizon for 2014? Here's a sneak peek at our upcoming projects: Chicago will continue its series of webinars inaugurated by Julia Kristeva last year. Miami will host a francophone poetry cycle, while France-Atlanta will focus on digital issues...

DECEMBER 17, 2013

Why Do French Books Sell Abroad?

By Laurence Marie

French is the first translated language in the US, before German and Spanish (and the second in the world, after English). The New York Times “100 Notable books of 2012” feature only four works in translation, but two of them were written in French: Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women (who made the cover of the NY Times in the summer of 2012) and Laurent Binet’s first novel HHhH.