Friday, October 31, 2014

Une Nouvelle Librarie à New York! - And A Giveaway!

Recently the French Consulate in New York launched a new cultural project- a bookstore!

Albertine is a beautiful bookstore located on Fifth Avenue- 972 Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park, to be exact- selling books in French and English from around the Francophone world.

That means there are books from over 30 countries represented, including translations to and from English. So you can find the latest French bestsellers, classics and gift books in French and translated from French, but you can also find French translations of English-language books like Stoner (translated by bestselling French author Anna Gavalda) and Philipp Meyers' The Son, as well as childrens' books, coffee-table books and more.

The store occupies two floors in a gorgeous building and is itself remarkably beautiful and attractively designed. There are leather armchairs for browsing or taking a break, and a lovely atmosphere throughout.
You can converse with the staff in French or English- moi, j'ai été un peu timide to speak French to them but maybe I'll give it a try the next time I'm in. I picked up The Last Days, by Laurent Seksik, a novel translated from the French about the end of the life of writer Stefen Zweig. It was on my list to buy and I was happy to find it here, but there were so many great things here, it was hard to choose!

In celebration and appreciation, I'm offering my readers a giveaway of an advance reader copy of Daniel Anselme's recently-translated book, On Leave. Click on the title for my full review but it was one of my favorites this year and I'm delighted to be able to offer you an ARC copy that they let me have. The giveaway is open to the United States only. Just leave your email address in the comments and I'll pick a winner on November 8.

The Consulate General of France is just down the street at 934 Park Ave. The French Embassy has its own site and events calendar as well.

You should visit Albertine if you're in the area, or visit their website if you're not. It's a gem!


traveler said...

Thanks for this interesting feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Raquel Stecher said...
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rhonda said...

Lovely giveaway

Anonymous said...

This book is on my list to read. I would love a chance to win a copy. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous bookstore! I'd love to win. stacybooks at yahoo