books / resources

The following list of resources has been complied by the Book Department of the French Embassy. It contains a number of useful links for both industry professionals and people with a general interest in books.

Culturethèque

Thanks to a membership to your nearest Alliances Françaises, access your favorite magazines and read eBooks and comics. You can also view concerts and shows, listen to lectures, and enhance your language skills with materials tailored to your needs.

Les Petits Livres

An online book rental service specializing in French-language children's books. Les Petits Livres saves time and energy by selecting titles for patrons for a flat monthly fee, and provides automated reading lists that ensure that books are age-appropriate.

100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers: Masters in English

An English language blog dedicated to reading and book lovers, which collects and promotes other literary and publishing blogs, online literary magazines, review sites, and more.

Gallica

This website will make it possible to refer to a part of the digitalized collections of the French National Library. (Website in French and English)

Bookculture

Bookculture is a bookshop where you can browse and discover a wide range of publications in the arts and humanities. Weekly children’s story time is offered in French and English. 

New York Public Library (NYPL)

 With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library (NYPL) is the second largest public library in the United States. Members of the library can request French books from any branch.

Idlewild Books

Idlewild is an independent bookstore with branches in Manhattan and Brooklyn specializing in travel and world literature and organized by country. It offers a selection of French titles, language classes and other activities.

Rizzoli Bookstore

carries a vast number of titles in Italian, French, and Spanish in genres such as contemporary fiction, classics, mysteries, poetry, non-fiction, biographies, children"s books, and authors in translation. 

McNally Jackson

McNally Jackson is an independent bookstore in New York City which aspires to be the center of Manhattan’s literary culture. Regular programming is offered, including book clubs on international literature and poetry. French book translations are available.

BNF

The French National Library collects, keeps and communicates the national archival heritage. (Website in French and English)

Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction is a not-for-profit organization in New York City which works to promote fiction and literature and to give support to writers. 

Enfants

This extraordinary platform designed for kids includes a reading room and various games and resources based on digitalized books and manuscripts from the French National Library. A unique creative lab allows children to build their own digital exhibition or to write stories commenting illustrations or following narrative sequences of storytelling/ following storytelling suggestion/variations. A section of educational guidelines is dedicated to teachers and parents. (Website in French)

Pika

The Service pour la Littérature Jeunesse by the Library & Archives of Canada offers Pika, a fully searchable electronic database on the Canadian children’s literature developed with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, as well as several virtual exhibitions and resources for researchers including an index to International websites.  (Website in French)

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) a website "must" for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC also features an annual writing contest and links to Canadian bookstores, organizations, publications and professionals of every country. (Website in French and English)

Moustache

Moustache Books is a French bookstore on-line which sells French books and offers articles, reviews and information about francophone literary news for the whole United-States. In English.

Numilog

Ebookstore to download books on computers or readers. They present a wide range of books style (literature, novels, poetry, management, marketing, computing, law, history, youth). (Website in French and English)

Europeana

Europeana, the European digital library, provides access to several million digitized documents representative of the European historical and cultural heritage. Europeana is the result of several European projects - including Europeana Regia - into which the BnF takes part. In French, English and Spanish.

Indiebound

IndieBound is a community-oriented movement begun by the independent bookseller members of American Booksellers Association. It brings together booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances. 

Bibliobs

Literature and books from the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.  (Website in French.)

Inrocks livres

The French music magazine Les Inrocks offers quality book reviews and new title listings. (Website in French)

Transfuge

A cultural magazine for literary news and cinema. (Website in French)  

Livres Hebdo

Livres-Hebdo is a professional French magazine published by le Cercle de la librairie aimed at books professionals. (Website in French.)

 

Ricochet Jeunes

Website of the Institut Suisse Jeunesse et Medias (ISJM), Ricochet is an independent website on Francophone children’s literature. Book reviews, interviews of creators, news bring life this resource database of interesting features and original highlights which includes directories of children’s literature institutions, authors and useful links. (Website in French.)

La Joie par les livres

The French National Center for Children’s Literature La Joie par les Livres is part of the National Public Library Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF). Its website features an exhaustive agenda, articles and critics on children’s literature. It is also the editor of the magazine La Revue des Livres pour Enfants and it offers previous issues online from up to two years ago (from 1965 to 2010). (Website in French.)

TD Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club “Imagine” of the Canadian Children’s Book Center entertains kids with jokes, puzzles, funny drawings, lessons and a silly stories lab.It also helps them choose books acccording to themes and age, and to share readings and games with other young members.

Paris Review

The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. 

Bookforum

A sister publication of Artforum, Bookforum brings incisive reviews of the latest titles, author interviews, and commentary about current and coming trends. 

The New York Review of Books

The online version of the biweekly book review and journal of intellectual currents. 

Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

Contemporary French and Francophone Studies proposes to extend French Studies beyond traditional limits. Inviting all critical approaches on the latest debates in French Studies (cultural studies, francophone studies, autobiography, media studies, etc.), the journal provides a forum not only for academics, but for journalists, artists, filmmakers, and writers of fiction and poetry as well. Containing interviews, articles, fiction and poetry, each issue features contributors from across the disciplines.

Bookbirds

Bookbird is a Journal of international children's literature published quarterly by IBBY. It includes several francophones authors in each issue. 

Le Monde des livres

News from the literary world. 

Yale French Studies

Yale French Studies is the oldest English-language journal in the United States devoted to French and Francophone literature and culture. 

Feedbooks

Online ebooks bookstore. (Website in French and English.)

 

Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction, a website edited by journalists and researchers, discusses current issues in non-fiction with reviews of recently released books. (Website in French.)

Public Books

Public Books is a curated monthly review devoted to spirited debate on books and the arts, created by and for a transnational community of writers, artists, and activists.

Guernica Magazine

Guernica is an award-winning online magazine of ideas, art, poetry, and fiction published twice monthly. Guernica Daily, the magazine’s blog, is updated every weekday. Guernica contributors come from dozens of countries and write in nearly as many languages. 

Words Without Borders

Words without Borders translates, publishes, and promotes contemporary international literature. Their publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages.

Three Percent

For readers, editors, and translators interested in modern and contemporary international literature. 

InTranslation

The Brooklyn Rail features unpublished translations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and dramatic writing. Ideal for translators, authors, editors, and publishers seeking to collaborate.

Booksandideas.net

Books and Ideas is an international magazine addressing current debates.

 

The University of Nebraska Press

The University of Nebraska Press publishes books and journals especially in American history, the American West, and Native American studies has published French authors including Lutz Bassman, Paule Constant, Isabelle Heberhardt, Annie Ernaux, Edouard Glissant, Luc Lang and Le Clezio.

Bison Books

Bison Books publishes mainly translations from French books.

Open Letter Books

Open Letter Books is a publisher of literature in translation at the University of Rochester. Open Letter Books has published French authors including Marguerite Duras.

Archipelago Books

Archipelago Books is a not-for-profit press devoted to publishing excellent translations of classic and contemporary world literature. Archipekago Books has published French authors including René Crevel, Dominique Fabre, Abdellatif Aabi, Henri Michaux, and Pierre Michon.

Semiotext(e)

Publishing works of theory, fiction, madness, economics, satire, sexuality, science fiction, activism and confession, Semiotext(e)'s highly curated list has famously melded high and low forms of cultural expression into a nuanced and polemical vision of the present. Semiotext(e) has published French authors including Pierre Guyotat, Jean-Luc Hennig and Tiqqun.

Verso Books

Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world. Verso Books has published French authors including Jean Baudrillard and Daniel Bensaïd.

Seven Stories Press

Seven Stories Press publishes books of top authors, non-fiction (social justice, human rights and radical activism) and alternative health, women's health, and popular culture. Seven Stories Press has published French authors including Celine Curiol, Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu and Jean-Marie Déguignet.

City Lights

City Lights is a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. City Lights has published French authors including Tahar Ben Jelloun and George Bataille.

Melville House

Melville House is an independent publisher which has developed a world-wide reputation for its rediscovery of forgotten international writers. Melville House has published French authors such as Georges Simenon.

Fantagraphics

Publisher of comic books and braphic Novels by the world's greatest cartoonists. In English. Fantastagraphics has publish French authors such as Jacques Tardi, Lewis Trondheim, Stephane Blanquet.


Salon du Livre de Paris

One of the biggest events in the French literary world, the Salon du Livre is an annual international book fair in Paris for publishers and booksellers. (Website in French)

Villa Gillet

The Villa Gillet is a place of research and dialogue about contemporary arts and way of thinking. The cultural association is the organizer of the Walls & Bridges Festival in New York and the Assises du Roman in Lyon. (Website in French)

PEN American Center

PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. 

Pen American Center

PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. 

Centre National du Livre (CNL)

The Centre National du Livre (CNL) is a public institution that encourages the promotion of books and reading through the support of authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries. It also gives loans and grants after consulting specialized committees. (Website in French)

Institut Français

Institut Français works closely with the French cultural network abroad to promote cultural and artistic exchange outside of France. (Website in French)

IFVerso

IFVerso is an online database with more than 70,000 French books translated in over 40 languages. IFVerso is also a social network for books professionals.

French Publisher’s Agency (New York)

The French Publishers’ Agency represents distinguished French publishers, with a selection of works of particular interest to an English-language readership. An affiliate of the Bureau International de l'Edition Française (BIEF), responsible for the international promotion of French publishers. 

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

FIAF offers New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of Francophone cultures.