AUGUST 14, 2015

Rethinking the Littérature de Gare: Crime Fiction in France and the U.S.

By Arian Murati and Anne-Sophie Lehrmann

Hitchcock defined suspense as “the state of waiting for something to happen.” When dealing with genre fiction, definitions come at a premium, and they are often replaced by a constantly evolving network of subgenres and special topics. We can, however, break down major categories and historical movements.

AUGUST 13, 2015

Barthes Vision - by the Institut Français

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

This year, Roland Barthes would have turned 100. In order to celebrate, the Institut Français has imagined an original and creative way to gather Internet users around Barthes and see the world through his words.

AUGUST 13, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Arian Murati

New Proust biography; indie publisher promises to burn their own books; Shakespeare in France; how The Second Sex changed the world; 21 Cardinals reviewed

AUGUST 6, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Arian Murati

Badiou's Republic at the Festival d'Avignon; Thomas Piketty re-release: genuine interest or capitalizing on his popularity?; Finding women writers in translation; The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting released this month; French comics in English

JULY 30, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Arian Murati

Beckett festival and his life as a special operative during WWII; Why aren't the French producing as many philosophers in the 21st century?; Simone de Beauvoir gives dating advice; Books forgotten on airplanes; Kirkus highlights three upcoming children's books

JULY 27, 2015

French Voices Grantees Still in Need of US Publishers

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Surprising as it may seem, some of the titles that were granted a French Voices Award in the past few years still haven't found their matching US publishers!

JULY 23, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Arian Murati

Houellebecq in Publishers Weekly; MIT Press celebrates Le Corbusier; Faïza Guène in PEN English World Bookshelf; The death drive of the Goncourt brothers; Kamel Daoud sees stage adaptation

JULY 16, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Arian Murati

Patrick Modiano short story in Tin House; Paris Review examines Leon Bloy; Ideas Box takes a summer vacation in NYC; French comics find new digital venue; A poetic look at Barthes' imaginary readers

JULY 9, 2015

French Cartoonists Win Society of Illustrators Awards

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

French Cartoonists Maëlle Doliveux and Philippe Squarzoni among winners at first Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Awards.

JULY 9, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By Arian Murati

Man Booker Prize to divide reward with translators; French Voices Award winners seeking publishers; Roland Barthes centennial celebrations continue in France and U.S.; Browser extension allows French Amazon users to find physical bookshops; Antoine Volodine in The Paris Review

JULY 2, 2015

French Books USA: Week in Review

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Free Jazz/Black Power published in English; Ideas Box finds unexpected outreach in Paris; Riad Sattouf's graphic novel sees U.S. release date and positive publicity; Milan Kundera's latest novel reviewed; James Baldwin's unpublished articles collected and compiled in new look at author's life.

JUNE 29, 2015

30 Best French Books in Translation for the Summer

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

30 books, one every other day for the months of July and August: that seems like a reasonable goal for a bookworm's happy vacation, doesn’t it?

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