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Launch of Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki

On July 11th, Deputy Cultural Counselor Thomas Michelon welcomed Governor Pataki, Ambassador Castellenata, General Consul Kumin, George Sape and authors Allison and Owen Pataki for the launch of their novel on the French Revolution, Where The Light Falls, published by Random House in July 2017. The evening included a reception and book-signing at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York

The Honorable Pataki,
Dear Ambassador Castellenata,
Dear General Consul Kumin,
Dear George Sape,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good evening!

I would like to welcome all of you here to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, as we gather to celebrate the launch of Where The Light Falls, the latest novel by New York Times-bestselling author Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki. I would like to congratulate Allison and Owen Pataki on this outstanding accomplishment.

We are also honored to be joined by our two distinguished co-hosts for the evening, former New York Governor George Pataki, and George Sape, President of the American Friends of the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, and a true friend of the Embassy.

Where The Light Falls is a story of love and courage, taking place in Paris during the French Revolution. 

Dear friends, the French Revolution will never entirely be over!  It has forged the destiny of France and its people, and guided others on the path of emancipation.  It is the foundational event of a modernity based upon the ideas of progress and liberty, whether it be liberty inscribed in law or engraved upon our consciences.  The French Revolution remains our compass, one that reminds us every day that democracy is won at the price of blood, courage, and activism.  It is also the embodiment of a philosophy of Enlightenment taken to the political realm of which we, still today, are the heirs.  At a time when certain voices urge us to see only violence and excess – which we certainly cannot ignore – let us pay tribute to the men and women who have advanced the ideals which we still share today.  Finally, the French Revolution is a link between the United States and France, between our two peoples, who, during this very complex period in our respective histories, continue to inspire and learn from one another.


Dear Mrs. and Mr. Pataki, in the spirit of the Cultural Services, we are thrilled to support you as you share this story featuring French history, culture, and heritage.

And finally, here at Albertine, it is our mission to promote literature and support writers. Through our many awards, festivals, and programs, we use literature as a means of sharing the best of French language and culture. Allison and Owen Pataki, it is always a joy to have the opportunity to applaud writers like you, and to walk with you on this special journey.

Before I turn the event over to our hosts, I would like to take the time to thank everyone for joining us tonight to celebrate this occasion, and I wish you a wonderful evening.


© Photos: Danielle Siess, courtesy of Random House