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Sep 22
When the Waves Have Come and Gone Plage des Catalans
Sep 22
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 

Summer Edito 2019

Dear friends,

Now that the beautiful days of summer have arrived, it is the perfect time to enjoy the rich program prepared by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Whether you’ll be hitting the roads of the Great Plains or relaxing on European beaches, you can take the latest episodes of our new podcast with you. On The Thing About France, distinguished American cultural figures give their personal insights into the complicated and fascinated relationship between France and the United States.  After David Sedaris, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Liesl Schillinger, Claire Messud, Adam Weinberg and Jonathan Galassi, find out who is up next on June 26!

Don’t forget to add Disoriental to your summer reading list. Négar Djavadi’s debut novel, translated by Tina Kover, is this year’s Albertine Prize laureate, a reader’s choice award for works of French fiction translated into English. For younger readers, you can also find the fabulous winning selection of our brand new Prix Albertine Jeunesse here.

If your children are about to spend their holidays in New York, they can escape with us on an adventure from July 11 to July 14 for Fly Away With Books, a fun and colorful festival with French illustrators. Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud, Lucie Brunellière, and Cruschiform will run workshops for kids from 4 to 10 to enjoy books in various spaces, from a bookstore to a public park.

Since it’s summer, cinephiles will leave the darkness of movie theaters to enjoy our outdoor screenings of francophone movies with Films on the Green in New York and Films on the Lake in Chicago. Through September, Films on the Green pays tribute to the talent of women behind the camera, including Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Céline Sciamma (Tomboy), Marguerite Abouet (Aya of Yop City), Claire Denis (Chocolat) and iconic Agnès Varda (Jacquot de Nantes). In Chicago, Films on the Lake will take you on a trip to Paris with six movies, including Breathless, Leap! and Cléo from 5 to 7.

This summer, you will also dance to the jazzy rhythm of accordionist Vincent Peirani who will tour the East Coast (New York, Boston, and Montreal), and the season will beautifully come to an end in September with Yto Barrada’s exhibition at the LMCC’s Arts Center at Governor’s Island. Blending documentary and fiction, the Moroccan artist examines the challenge of rising sea levels and how human inventiveness can address this threat.

As for higher education, our Community College Study Abroad program will take more than fifty American students across France from Paris to Lyon, Montpellier and Caen for bootcamps that will invite them to think about sustainability in sports and public transportations, industrial challenges in France, and citizenship in the digital era.

Albertine, our French bookstore in New York, will be closed on Sundays from July 7 through September 1, and every day between July 27 and August 18. However, the online shop is always open, so don’t hesitate to browse Albertine’s catalog to order the best new books and have them shipped to your door!

Many other events and projects are taking place across the country in the coming months. Find out more about this summer’s programming under the visuals arts, performing arts, books & ideas, music, cinema, family, French language, and higher education sections on our website, as well as on the Albertine website.

I wish you all a beautiful summer,

Bénédicte de Montlaur

Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States