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Louis Rigaud

October 2014
US tour
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Cooling down with Frosty Reads

Some like it hot… but not this hot. The muggy air and heat wave are so passé. Canadian, Siberian and French winter settings cool our summer fevers.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

French publishing house Short Editions, has begun testing its algorithm made to determine the literary quality. Meanwhile, digital learning management systems are gaining more and more ground in education....
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The Art of Laziness

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.
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A New Era of French Novels: The Inculte Collective

Thanks to Inculte’s work for the last decade, hybrid forms of literature, such as “documentary” novels have breathed new life into French novels.
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Chilling Crime Fiction & Mystery Novels

If you thought detective stories were invented in the US, then think twice. The French also have talented writers who know all about schemes and mystery, and we did some plotting of our own…
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Audio Boom: Musical Titles & Audiobooks

From our ancestral oral storytelling roots to the now-all-written world, we return to our traditions to listen once again to the deep voices of international griots narrating great stories…on audiobooks.
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Pierre Guyotat's Formation: Childhood, Awakening and Self-Writing

Pierre Guyotat's Formation (2007) remains the missing link, according to Patrick Lyons, for the completion of the French author's multivolume (and largely already-translated) autobiographical installment.
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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.
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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.
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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!