To find other Francophiles and Francophones, and to read a good book, the obvious step would be to join a French book club. The French bookstore Albertine, located in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, will relaunch its book club this month. It will meet monthly under the direction of Cécile David-Weill, a Franco-American author, and Caroline Weber, a professor at Barnard and Columbia.
During the first semester, participants will read the five works selected for the Albertine Prize, an award given by readers in the United States to a French-language fiction book translated into English. Voting to determine the winner of the 2018 competition will be open until May 1, and a book battle between representatives of the selected works will take place on April 10.
The first meeting was Tuesday, January 23; next month’s is Tuesday, February 13. To join the book club, you have to be a member of the bookstore. To aid discussions, wine is served. Conversations take place in French and English.