MARCH 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Philip Roth

By Kathryn Hamilton

Last year Philip Roth made the announcement in the French magazine, Les Inrocks, that he was retiring from writing. At 79 years old, and after 31 books – among them ‘American Pastoral’, ‘The Human Stain’, and ‘Sabbath’s Theater’ - Roth had decided it was time to lay down the pen.

MARCH 4, 2013

Bazin by Andrew Dudley

By Delphine Selles

A specialist of André Bazin, the most-acclaimed French critic from the Nouvelle Vague, Dudley Andrew is the author of an expanded eponymous biography on the former.

FEBRUARY 28, 2013

BNF Wins Stanford Prize for Innovation

By French Culture

This week, the Bibliothèque nationale de France become one of the first recipients of the new Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL). The prize was created to recognize efforts to transform research libraries for the through innovative "programs, projects...[and] improved services that...benefit readers and users."

FEBRUARY 26, 2013

Exploring French Cinema Industry with Tim Palmer

By Delphine Selles

Directory of World Cinema: France written by Tim Palmer and co-published by University of Chicago Press and Intellect, gathers new research on major tendencies in French film (popular genres, avant-gardes, documentary, women filmmakers, e

FEBRUARY 19, 2013

The Future of OuLiPo

By Rachael Small

2013 has begun quite auspiciously for English readers of OuLiPo, a group that is now in its sixth decade of existence, with the publication of two exciting translated books, a spotlight on the comic book offshoot OuBaPo, and the release of a new critical work on the group.

FEBRUARY 19, 2013

2012 Translated Titles List

By Rachael Small

As 2013’s new batch of books starts appearing on the shelves, we take a look back at the astonishing number and quality of French books in translation published last year in the United States. French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s anticipated The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir and Michel Houellebecq’s newest novel The Map and the Territory are two of the most revealing examples from a long list of exciting new literature.

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

40th International Comics Festival of Angoulême

By French Culture

Thursday, January 31, 2013 marks the opening of the 40th annual Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (International Comics Festival) in the French city of Angoulême, a center of the paper-making and printing industries since the 14th century.

DECEMBER 22, 2012

Better than a Gift?

By French Culture

Six books that make great gifts, compiled by the book department at the French Cultural Services.

DECEMBER 19, 2012

Seasonal Literary Prizes

By Marie-Camille Alban

The time-honored season of French literary prizes has come to an end. This year, the competition was fiercer than ever! We have chosen seven winners that we think are particularly outstanding. The style and stories of these authors will surely win over new readers for years to come.

DECEMBER 10, 2012

Five Favorite Titles from 2012

By Marie-Camille Alban

Cultural Attaché Laurence Marie and the Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy have compiled a list of top five favorite titles translated from French in 2012.

DECEMBER 9, 2012

Author Marc Levy Shares his Work with Floridians

By French Culture

French author Marc Levy recently traveled to Florida to participate in the Miami International Book Fair and French Week Miami 2012. At the Book Fair, Levy participated in a panel conversation with Rosecrans Baldwin...

NOVEMBER 14, 2012

Dorémus’ Bear Despair Among New York Times’ Best Illustrated Children’s Books

By French Culture

A frustrated bear goes in search of his teddy bear in Gaétan Dorémus’ irreverent children’s tale Bear Despair, which the New York Times has just named one of its ten Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012.