En tête-à-tête with French Lit

Discover En tête-à-tête with French Litor, our virtual French Cornerwhere you will find interviews with French-speaking authors hosted at the Co-op as a part of En tête-à-tête serieslaunched in partnership with the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago. You'll also encounter thematic selections and recommendations for foreign books in translation as well as hand-picked selections of untranslated books from our staff.

December 11th, 2018

The winner of 2017 Goncourt Prize and Co-op member Éric Vuillard browsed through our shelves and shared his thoughts on what makes literature beyond the fiction/non-fiction distinction. In this video, Éric talks about two books – Physiology of the Employee by Honoré de Balzac and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin – to exemplify what makes great literature.

"Contrary to popular belief, literature is not about imagination but rather about how we relate to reality", says Vuillard. 


November 21st, 2018

Editions Allia and Wakefield Press are two independent publishers located in France and USA, respectively, bringing to light underrepresented authors and unveiling obscure, provocative, and avant-garde texts untranslated or unpublished until now.


October 31st, 2018

Gaël Faye visted 57th Street Books to discuss his most recent book, Small Country (Prix Goncourt des Lycéens). He then shared thoughts on one of his favorte books, Hadriana My Dreams, in the short video for the store. 

About Gaël Faye: ...

October 23rd, 2018


Just a few minutes before her reading at the Co-op, Léonora Miano browsed through the shelves of our French Corner and picked up a book to share with us. She recommends the play Bajazet by Jean Racine, one of the greatest French dramatist of the 17th century, whose tragedies are written in a unique language, delicately woven in alexandrine.

You can enjoy the music of Racine’s language even if you don't speak French. Léonora recommends the following audio excerpt from the play -- ...