Summer Edito

This summer marks the arrival in America of the Hermione — a full-scale replica of the ship on which Lafayette journeyed to the United States in 1780.
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Brave As Can Be: A Book of Courage (Growing Hearts)

The life of a toddler can be full of frightening things: the dark, the neighbor’s dog, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence?

Remembering Stanley Hoffmann

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of Stanley Hoffmann, a French-educated political scientist and foreign-affairs analyst who perceptively interpreted France and the United States to each other. Professor Hoffmann will be remembered as one of the most famous French personality in the American academic world. His very intimate links with political and academic figures both in France and in the United States and his sophisticated and broad knowledge of contemporary France made him a remarkable transmitter between his two countries.
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Foucault Against Himself

In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat's provocative collection of essays and interviews, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault's legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society's mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault's life and work.
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Suite Française: Storm in June

This dramatic and stirring graphic novel, translated from the French and faithful to the spirit of Nemirovsky's story, focuses on Book 1, entitled "Storm in June", in which a disparate group of Paris citizens flees the city ahead of the advancing German troops. However, their orderly plans to escape are eclipsed by the chaos spreading across the country, and their sense of civility and well-being is replaced by a raw desire to survive.
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The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting

The Owner's Manual is the perfect antidote to frustrating car rides filled with "Are we there yet?" and epic battles over homework. Delisle's effortless pacing and witty punch lines reign supreme here, making each vignette zip along to its conclusion.


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The Arab of the Future

The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf's childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators--Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father.
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Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters

The Fox Sisters grew up outside of Rochester, NY, in a house with a reputation for being haunted, due to a series of strange “knockings” that plagued its inhabitants. Fed up with the sounds, the youngest of the sisters (aged twelve) challenged their ghost and ended up communicating with a spirit who had been murdered in the house and buried in the cellar.

French Books USA: Week in Review

Modiano in The New Yorker; World Translation Day; Livres Hebdo breaks down author demographics; Peggy Guggenheim between two worlds; École des loisirs celebrates fifty years
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Magali Bonniol

December 2015
Magali Bonniol is a self-made woman. She creates her books by digging deeply into her childhood memories and fumbling through the piles of drawings she has been collecting in numerous files since she was a teenager.

A Very Noir October

October means costumes, candy, and of course, some frightening reads guaranteed to make your hair stand on end. Here are our picks for fans of ghastly, ghoulish, or just plain scary books.
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Lyonel Trouillot

October 2015
Puerto Rico, Florida and Louisiana
Lyonel Trouillot is a novelist, poet, journalist, and professor of literature. He was fascinated by literature from an early age (he wrote his first story when he was 6 years old and quit law school in order to write). He is the author of 11 novels, two essays and a book of poetry. His La belle amour humaine was shortlisted for the Goncourt in 2011 and received the Grand Prix du Roman Métis (2011), the Geneva Book Fair Literary Prize (2012), and the Gitanjali Literary Prize (2012). In 2011, he was awarded the Prix Wepler for his novel Yanvalou pour Charlie, and in 2013, he was awarded the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde for Parabole du failli.



Chanson Medieval: Music of Machaut and Dufay

October 9 to October 11, 2015
Folger Theatre
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with Folger Consort, present Chanson Medieval Music of Machaut and Dufay. With a program featuring Guillaume de Machaut and Guillaume Dufay, this concert explores the ongoing musical creation in the Middle Ages and its influence on the Renaissance style in the 15th century.

French-American Piano Society Fall Recital Featuring Lise de la Salle and Kyle Armbrust

Oct 15, 2015 | 6:30PM
Consulate General of France
The French American Piano Society are delighted to present world-class French pianist Lise de la Salle and American violist Kyle Armbrust who will perform an evening of classical music including Bach, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Kodály. Individual tickets are $30.

Jasmin Toccata

October 25, 2015 | 4:00 p.m
The Phillips Collection
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with the Phillips Collection present the musical project Jasmin Toccata, fruit of an encounter between three talented artists, percussionist Keyvan Chemirani, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau and lutenist Thomas Dunford. The project brings together two musical worlds: Persian percussion and baroque instruments.


Oct 23-Nov 7, 2015
Symphony Space
PIAF! The Show Featuring Anne Carrere returns to New York at the Symphony Space on October 23, 2015. The show will also perform as select number of dates around North America.

Terakaft on Tour

Terakaft (meaning “caravan” in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the desert have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result they are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. Terakaft was formed in 2001 with a line-up that included two former members of Tinariwen, and they have since made the electric guitar their own. They will be touring the US in September, including performances in New York at Joe's Pub and at the Chicago World Music Festival.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet's Upcoming US Performances

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.

Visual & Performing Arts


Films by Sylvère Lotringer at Anthology Film Archives

October 15, 2015
Anthology Film Archives
Seminal French cultural theorist, Sylvère Lotringer, well known in the States for his writings on French poststructural theory, will be presenting several of his films at Anthology Film Archives in person on October 15 at 7:30pm.

Closing Celebration for Anita Molinero's Plastic Butcher, at Signal

October 6, 2015
French artist Anita Molinero will be hosting the closing celebration of her sculpture exhibition, Plastic Butcher, at Signal on October 6.

Bushwick Landscape by Jean-Philippe Delhomme at Lucien Terras

October 9 - November 15, 2015
Lucien Terras, Inc.
Lucien Terras will present an exhibition of paintings by Jean-Philippe Delhomme that will run from October 9 until November 15. An opening reception will be held on Thursday October 8th from 6 – 8 pm. Titled Bushwick Landscape, the exhibition gathers over thirty paintings from an ongoing series started in 2012.

Rachid Ouramdane and Yoann Bourgeois New Directors of CCN Grenoble

Circus artist Yoann Bourgeois and choreographer Rachid Ouramdane are taking over direction of the Centre Chorégraphique National in Grenoble.

Mathilde Roussel at Invisible Dog

Sept 12 - Oct 17, 2015
The Invisible Dog Art Center
The French artist Mathilde Roussel has been invited to expose her work at the Invisible Dog Art Center in a solo show from September 12 to October 17. For her past exhibition at The Glass House curated by Gaelle Porte, Mathilde Roussel reflected on the way we transform our body to fight its deterioration, and ultimately, death.

International Residencies in Paris 2016

For the first time ever, the French Institute and the French Culture and Communications Minister are combining their efforts to organize the residency program for foreign artists at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Film, TV & New Media


The French Cinémathèque presents: Poupoupidou

October 13, 2015 | 7:00 p.m
Embassy of France
The story begins with the arrival of best-selling writer David Rousseau in the distant French mountain village of Mouthe located on the border of Switzerland. When Candice Lecoeur, a local TV star who believed she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe, is discovered dead in the snow, David Rousseau finds himself drawn in to an investigation which would eventually inspire him for his new book.

The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: 24 jours

October 21, 2015 | 8:00 p.m
Avalon Theatre
The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of the 2014 film 24 jours (24 days) by Alexandre Arcady. In his most recent feature film, Alexandre Arcady brings to the audience a perspective on the 2006 true story of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian kidnapped and tortured by a group that was soon to be known as the Gang of Barbarians.


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Agnès Varda, A Retrospective

October 2 to November 22, 2015
American University
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with the National Gallery of Art and American University's School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, present a retrospective of French filmmaker Agnès Varda, a distinctive figure in French Cinema. Awarded at the 68th Cannes Film Festival with the “Palme d’honneur”, she has been making documentaries and fiction films for more than 50 years and heralded major trends such as the French New Wave.

10 Films That Take You on a Mediterranean Journey

10 films that fit Films on the Green 2015's theme, La Méditerranée, to relive or embark on a journey through the vibrant Mediterranean.

Films on the Green on CUNY TV's Canapé Program

This month, Canapé, the Emmy-award nominated television show on CUNY TV co-produced with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, highlighted one of our favorite Embassy programs: Films on the Green. Filmed mainly at the June 12th screening of Pépé le Moko in Washington Square Park, this edition features interviews with three of the evening’s 800 guests.
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