Event organised by the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, with the collaboration of the Institut français
This event was a great success. It brought together some of the most important agents in the production and reception of contemporary French fiction, in France and (primarily) in the UK: reviewers and critics, literary agents, editors, translators, academics and librarians, to promote a better understanding of the processes of selection, translation and mediation, and of why this matters.
Speakers included writer, critic and ex-Le Monde journalist Patrick Kéchichian; the publisher Claire Paulhan; Hélène Fiamma of the Bureau du Livre; Kerry Glencorse of Susanna Lea Associates; translators Peter Bush, Ros Schwartz and Siân Reynolds; Ophélie Ramonatxo, Head of Libraries - La Médiathèque et Culturethèque; Melissa-Laure Mayer of the Institut’s library and Culturethèque; Albane Lejeune, Elève conservateur, ENSSIB ; Geoffrey Mulligan (editor with Harvill); David Platten (researcher and writer on French crime fiction); Marcella Frisani of the CESSP-EHESS in Paris. The ‘case-study’ session focused on the work of crime novelist Fred Vargas.
A full report of the event will appear in the next FSLG Annual Review, and a synopsis of the event is being created for this webpage.