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Salon du livre 

02 Oct 2021, 11:00am - 4:00pm Central Time (US & Canada)

Join us for a day of presentations and panels with local Francophone authors and literary personalities! Hear from authors about their recent publications, themes pertinent to the Francophone and literary world, and engage in audience Q&As. Click below to register for each individual presentation or register for the whole event to let us know you will be here in-person.

Also, don't miss our troc de livres d'occasion ! If you’re feeling generous, donating your used books in French can be a great way to find them a loving home! Bring your own used books and find new treasures! Please note: our library only accepts donations of books published after the year 2000 and in good condition. Books brought to the troc de livres that do not meet these restrictions, must be taken back home if unclaimed at the event.

Please note: In light of recent surges in COVID-19 cases and the prevalence of the Delta variant, we will be requiring all attendees and participants in this event to provide a proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccination or proof of having received a negative result on a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to the event. We hope that these requirements will allow us to all have a fun and successful event, while keeping ourselves and the people around us safe and healthy! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these requirements. Please note masks will be required when not eating or drinking even if you are vaccinated.

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La rentrée littéraire :
qu'est-ce que c'est?
-in french-

Presented by Martine Sauret  11:00am

Quels sont les prix littéraires en France ? A quoi servent-ils dans le paysage littéraire et social français ?
Aussi, quelles sont les tendances littéraires de la rentrée 2021 ?

Amis lecteurs, venez nombreux ! 

Martine Sauret will be giving a presentation in french on literary awards and their use in the French literary and social landscape. Professor Sauret has taught classes at Macalester College in addition to serving as a member of the Executive Board for the Alliance Française MSP, and a mentor at the Walker Art Center.

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What is translation?
-in english-

Presented by Sandra Smith  11:45am

Did you ever wonder how a book written in another language ends up in your library and bookstores in English?  We often take it for granted, but translating books is a tricky business - but very creative and satisfying! Come along and hear a professional literary translator talk about the process and her latest publications.

Sandra Smith has translated over 30 books, and has won the French-American Translation Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Independent British Booksellers Book of the Year Prize and the National Jewish Book Award.

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French like moi: A Midwesterner in Paris
-in english-

Presented by Scott Carpenter  1:00pm

When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps―not to mention all those lectures about cheese! It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure.

Join Professor Scott Carpenter as he presents on his recently published novel French like moi (2020). Professor Carpenter teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and creative writing at Carleton College. His awards include the Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize, and the Solas House Gold Award.

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A Reading of What We Hunger For and Other Works
-in english-

Presented by Valérie Déus

Food can be a unifier and a healer, bringing people together across generations and cultures. In What We Hunger For, fourteen writers from refugee and immigrant families describe their complicated, poignant, funny, difficult, joyful, and ongoing relationships to food, cooking, and eating.

Join author Valérie Déus for a reading of her writing in What We Hunger For, as well as from her work in A Garden of Black Joy (2020), and some other unpublished pieces.

Valérie Déus is a poet, film programmer and radio show host. When she's not writing, she is the host of Project 35, a local low-fi radio show featuring music from all over the diaspora and poetry on KRSM radio. 

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Elle habitait à Sandwich
-in french-

Presented by Pauline Mouhanna

Thérèse, a Franco-Lebanese living in Sandwich, Midwest, slammed the door without looking back. At thirty-seven, she wonders about the reasons for emigration and whether she made the right choices by following her husband to the United States ten years earlier.

Join author Pauline Mouhanna as she presents on her recent novel Elle habitait à Sandwich (2020).

Pauline is a bilingual journalist and regularly writes for publications such as Jeune Afrique  and l'Orient le jour. In addition to writing Pauline has also taught French courses at the Alliance Françaises of Atlanta, Nashville, and Washginton D.C. 

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Les petits philosophes
en herbe
-in french-

Presented by Marie-Jeanne Hargitt

Marie-Jeanne Hargitt, one of our wonderful teachers at Alliance Française, will be leading a children's story time and discussion for children 6 to 10 years old.

The theme of the discussion will be Vive la diversité and we will be reading a book from our Bibliothèque titled Au pays des cheveux frisé, une sans frisette est née by Evelyne Noviant. This story time discussion will be followed by a p'tit gouter snack time!

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