Salon du livre
02 Oct 2021, 11:00am - 4:00pm Central Time (US & Canada)
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.
La rentrée littéraire :
qu'est-ce que c'est?
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.
What is translation?
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
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.
French like moi: A Midwesterner in Paris
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.
A Reading of What We Hunger For and Other Works
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
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.
Elle habitait à Sandwich
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
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
Les petits philosophes
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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