edito

Winter 2015

Though it has been over a month since the devastating attacks in France, the emotional and physical repercussions of these events have not been forgotten. We are so grateful for the moving, compassionate response from our friends and partners in the U.S. Though the reverberations of violence that have touched our country and the entire world will remain forever present in our minds, we simultaneously hope for future peace.
new titles

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.
new titles

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.
new titles

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.
new titles

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.
new titles

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.

books

podcast

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Annie Cohen-Solal and Alexander Stille for a discussion Cohen-Solal’s latest book Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel.
news

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.
new titles

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.
new titles

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.
news

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.
authors on tour

Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Fall 2015
Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. His poems, prose works, and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His first novel, Tram 83, is a gripping story that unfolds in the heart of an eclectic crowd which is gathered at the train station of an imaginary African country’s capital. Mujila will tour in the United States to promote the publication Tram 83 in the US in Fall 2015.

music

news

IAM on Tour: New York Ticket Giveaway

Icons of a golden age in French rap, IAM is returning to North America for a major tour.
news

Best of France at SXSW 2015

South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the biggest festivals in the US for film, music and digital technology, will gather around 300,000 participants in Austin March 13- 22, 2015. French professionals will not be left out.
news

Acoustic Guitarist Pierre Bensusan On Tour in 2015

Pierre Bensusan, a celebrated Franco-Algerian guitarist who plays jazz with a soothing lyrical bent and lush harmonic flow, will perform roughly 30 dates across the United States in February, March, April, and May 2015 as part of his 40th Anniversary Tour.
news

Magma to Tour North America

Magma, a legendary band who weaves unique guitar lines around songs of ancient and apocalyptic tales sung in an invented language, will tour North America in April.
news

Guitarist Thibault Cauvin on North American Tour

A French classical guitarist with international acclaim, Thibault Cauvin will tour North America in March and February to promote his latest album on Sony, 'The Albeniz Journey'
news

Alexandre Desplat Nominated Twice for Soundtrack Oscar

Prolific French soundtrack composer Alexandre Desplat has done something rare - he competes against himself in 2015 at the Oscars for best film score.

Visual & Performing Arts

podcast

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Annie Cohen-Solal and Alexander Stille for a discussion Cohen-Solal’s latest book Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel.
news

BLACK BOX 2.0: Call for Entries!

BLACK BOX is a unique international art, film and technology festival taking place from May 6 to June 7, 2015, in Seattle. Artists from around the world are invited to submit work. The application deadline is March 31, 2015.
news

Pupeteer Basil Twist in France

The 8th edition of Pupeteer International Art Biennial in Paris, France, will present Dogugaeshi by New York-based puppeteer Basil Twist.
news

Young Designers: Call for Entries!

The villa Noailles art centre in Hyères, France, organizes an annual competition aimed at young designers from around the world. The application deadline is March 31, 2015.
news

Jonah Bokaer at Concordan(s)e Festival

Young American choreographer Jonah Bokaer has been invited to present his new work, The Museum of Nothing, as part of the ninth edition of French Concordan(s)e Festival.
podcast

The Letters of Samuel Beckett

Dan Gunn and Joseph O’Neill discuss the third volume of the correspondence of Samuel Beckett.

Film, TV & New Media

events

Special Screening of Kung-Fu Master! / Agnès Varda: From Here to There Parts 4-5

04/11/2015
Aero Theatre
A gifted and outspoken feminist and one of the most acclaimed directors anywhere in the world, Agnès Varda could be considered the prototype of today’s independent filmmaker: She directed her first feature in 1954 with no formal training in filmmaking. Along with Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, she made up the so-called "Left Bank Group" of the early 1960s, distinct from other French New Wave directors for their interest in both documentary and fiction and their passion for both political and social filmmaking. Her marriage to Jacques Demy (1931-1990) made her one half of the most beloved filmmaking couple of their day.
events

Announcing the 23rd edition of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

March 17 - March 29, 2015
Washington, DC
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy support the 23rd edition of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, featuring three documentary films will be screened at the Embassy of France and the Luc Jacquet Retrospective.
events

The French Cinémathèque presents: Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table !

April 14, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
The monthly French Cinémathèque series by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the screening of Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table ! (Me, Myself and Mum) starring and directed by Guillaume Gallienne.
events

Screening of Good Old Growth! and Q&A with Marie Monique Robin at the UN

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
United Nations Headquarters (ECOSOC)
Join us for the screening of Good Old Growth by award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie Monique Robin !
events

2nd edition of Art of the Real

Friday, April 10, 2015
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

Join the 2nd edition of Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the screenings of Alain Cavalier's Le Paradis, Jean Eustache's Une Sale Histo

With special thanks and gratitude to our sponsors