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French Books USA: Week in Review

Remembering French editor François Maspero; two Francophone authors nominated for Impac Dublin literary prize; Persepolis amongst most challenged books in US libraries; posthumous publication of Charlie Hebdo editor's book; and recommended reading: Pénélope Bagieu's graphic novel Exquisite Corpse.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

Best Translated Book Award candidates include six French translations; Algeria's Kamel Daoud; remembering Gerard Dhôtel; and Books & Books named PW Bookstore of the Year.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

A snapshot of the current state of the French book market; the past and future of the BnF; Charlie Hebdo cartoonist to publish book; and a festival in Lyon celebrates crime fiction.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

Maryse Condé and Alain Mabanckou are finalists for the Man Booker International Prize; a screening of The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq; and PEN American Center to pay tribute to the staff of Charlie Hebdo.
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The Squadron’s Umbrella

"The Squadron’s Umbrella" gathers for the first time in English 39 wickedly funny texts by one of the hippest cat to have ever hung his hat at Le Chat Noir in Paris — the humorist Alphonse Allais — who experimented with holorhymes and invented conceptual art.
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A Roll of the Dice

"A Roll of the Dice" is one of symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé’s best-known and most visually complex works. Wave Books presents an edition with refined type and photographs that both honor the original and make it an object of delight.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

The 35th annual Salon du Livre is underway in Paris; the fight against higher TVA for e-books continues; the benefits of publishing a Nobel Prize winner; translation in order for Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel; and a survey on the most popular authors amongst French readers.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

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.
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Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction

In this new title, Quentin Meillassoux addresses the problem of chaos and of the constancy of natural laws in the context of literature. He elucidates the distinction between science fiction, and fiction outside-science, where science becomes impossible. A significant milestone that will appeal to readers of both philosophy and literature.
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Sphinx

"Sphinx" is the debut novel of the inventive French author Anne Garréta, one of the few female members of OuLiPo. This influential and experimental French literary group aims to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints.
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The Queen’s Caprice

"The Queen’s Caprice" — seven new stories presented in English for the first time — reveals Prix Goncourt winner Jean Echenoz at the height of his talents. The author takes us on a journey across radically different places and landscapes.