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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Thing About France!

I wanted to share an interesting tidbit that I got in my inbox with all of you! I love podcasts, especially bookish podcasts so this grabbed my attention. The French Embassy in the United States has a new podcast. Here is the press release:

If your readers are looking to seize this opportunity connect with French culture and practice their French, then The Thing About France, the new podcast of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy (among Apple Podcast’s “New & Noteworthy”) is a great go-to!

In the podcast, Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur interviews American authors, thinkers and artists with strong ties with France on various topics ranging from cultural appropriation to French translated literature in the US or simply their favorite places in France!  Guests include author David Sedaris; Jonathan Galassi, the head of the publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, critic Liesl Schillinger, Museum director Adam Weinberg, author Claire Messud and to come, artist Mickalene Thomas and as of today, New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-thing-about-france/id1461848841?fbclid=IwAR2gS-vKVw9e-UrR2mvvEYmAMEUaMZAIAn6htS6NnzzP--sKeIESRHpcXD8

 In his episode Adam Gopnik speaks about French contemporary literature, French food, and music including Johnny Hallyday!

Additionally, for readers in NYC, they are holding a free workshop this weekend geared for kids (why don't I live closer???)

Albertine Books, the bookstore and reading room of the French Embassy in New York is hosting one of our new programs, Fly Away with Books, which aims at (re)connecting children with books through free workshops with french illustrators:
Workshops with French Illustrators: Fly Away With Books // Saturday, July 13, 2019 // 11:00 AM
Join us for workshops with French illustrators Lucie Brunellière, Cruschiform, and Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud as part of Fly Away With Books, a four-day festival that aims to (re)introduce children of all backgrounds to the pleasures of reading by offering them unique and playful experiences, using books as interactive objects to inspire fun and curiosity.
Workshops will include the following:
  • Geometry of Animals with Lucie Brunellière
    (ages 4+)
  • Colorama Memory with Cruschiform
    (ages 4-7)
  • Pop-up Art with Anouck Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud
    (ages 6+)

What are some of your favorite bookish podcasts?

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