WHAT: Colette Fellous and Chantal Thomas in ConversationABOUT:
Join French writers Colette Fellousand Chantal Thomas as they discuss, Piècesdétachées,Fellous’s last novel, in which she tells the story of her father’s decision to leave Tunisia in the wake of the massive exodus of Jews from Tunisia to France in the 1960s.
In French, Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary
WHEN: Monday, April 3 – 7PM
WHAT: Peplum: A Conversation with Blutch, Richard McGuire & Dan Piepenbring
ABOUT: Join comic book authors and illustrators Blutch and Richard McGuire as they discuss the thrilling and hallucinatory, vast in scope yet unnervingly intimate, Peplum, a graphic novel that weaves together threads from Shakespeare and The Satyricon along with Blutch’s own distinctive vision. The Conversation will be moderated by Dan Piepenbring.In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5 – 7PM
WHAT: The Némirovsky Question: Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in 20th-C. France
ABOUT: Acclaimed translator of Irene Némirovsky novels, Sandra Smith and Susan Rubin Suleiman will discuss Suleiman’s The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in 20th-Century France.In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN:Thursday, April 6– 7PM
WHAT: French Story Hour & Easter Egg Hunt!
ABOUT: Join us for a French Story Hour followed by an Easter Egg Hunt starting at 11am! Search for the paper eggs that the Easter Bunny has hidden all over Albertine, thenexchange them at the counter for real chocolate eggs!In French. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Saturday, April 15– 11AM
WHAT: The Lost Thread: A Conversation with Jacques Rancière& Kristin Ross
ABOUT: Join eminent French philosopher Jacques Rancière and New York University professor Kristin Ross as they discuss Rancière’s most recent publication in the US, The Lost Thread.In The Lost Thread, Rancière debunks the notion of Flaubert, Baudelaire, Conrad, Woolf and Keats as reactionary producers of bourgeois mythologies, and instead foregrounds the egalitarian and democratic impulses of modernist literature. In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Monday, April 17– 7PM
WHAT: Albertine Prize Book Battle
ABOUT: Discover the three finalists for the Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for best contemporary French fiction in English translation, during a Book Battle where prominent literary figures will defend their favorite book from the list. Audience members are invited to join in the conversation! English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 18– 7PM
WHAT: The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables
ABOUT: Join the celebrated author and translator David Bellos in honoring the release of his magnificent The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables. Casting decades of scholarship into accessible narrative form, Bellos brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d’état, and political exile. In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20– 7PM
WHAT: The End Of Eddy, Edouard Louis and Teju Cole in Conversation
ABOUT: Join novelists Edouard Louis and Teju Cole as they discuss Louis’s international bestselling debut, The End of Eddy soon to be published with FSG in the US. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 25– 7PM
WHAT: Male Violence in The 21st Century: Laëtitia (1992-2011)
ABOUT: Ivan Jablonka will be joined by Cornell University Associate Professor Camille Robics for a conversation on his bestselling work, Laëtitiaou La fin des hommes, which was awarded in 2016 the prestigious Medicis and Le Monde prizes, as well as “Le Prix des prix”.In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 26– 7PM
WHAT: An Evening with Angélique Kidjo!
ABOUT: Join three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, one of the greatest artists in international music today, as she discusses her extraordinary career, her life-long commitment to women and Africa, and her memoir, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (HarperCollins).
WHEN: Friday, April 28– 7PM
WHERE: Albertine Books in French and English
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th street)
New York, NY 10075
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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.www.frenchculture.org
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