14th of July: Revolution Day

Rather than eating “cake” on Bastille day (as Marie-Antoinette would say), enjoy these saucy titles by some of our most gripping writers, who either made history or played with it.

Gentle Giants Cross the Atlantic: Summer Reads for Ele-fans

Pomelo, Babar and Marcel cross the Atlantic for a stampede of elephantastic literature.

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".
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Lola Lafon

October 13-26 2014
US tour
Lola Lafon, with a French, Russian and Polish background, was raised in the equally diverse cities of Bucharest, Sofia and Paris. Her first three novels tackle several ideological themes such as capitalism, antifascism, utopia or feminism. Lola Lafon is politically engaged in several collectives, addressing feminist questions and concerns, among others.

Struck by Love: French Summer Love Stories

Is it true that "the French invented love," as Marilyn Yalom puts it? Feast your eyes and hearts upon some of the most beautiful love stories of all time.
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Sleep Tight, Anna Banana!

Anna Banana can't settle down tonight, even though her stuffed animal friends are tired and just want to sleep. They suffer through delay after delay and excuse after excuse, until Anna Banana is finally sleepy. And then . . . it's time for their revenge! Anna Banana is about to get a taste of her own medicine.

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.

French Fiction Fridays #18

The last French Fiction Fridays for the summer deals with growing pains. Faïza Guène draws portraits of characters afraid of the ticking clock and social constraints keeping them from growing up as who they aspire to become. Lola Lafon's fairy-like gymnast Nadia Comaneci is petrified at the idea of having to grow up and destroying the myth she has become. Time-flying phobics, be warned!

Khan's L'Echarde, Lenoir's Le Christ philosophe and Caraës' Images de pensée

Jeremy Mercer has, as he calls it, "that gleam" in the eye for several translation babies. On his dream list for My French Library: Madeleine Kahn's L'Echarde, awarded the Prix Littré in 2001 (Editions des Ecrivains); Frédéric Lenoir’s Le Christ philosophe (Points, 2014); and Images de Pensée co-authored by Marie-Haude Caraës and Nicole Marchand-Zanartu (RMN, 2011).

Award-Winning French Novels

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.

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!