Vote for Your Favorite French Books Translated to English: The Albertine Prize

In News by Porter Anderson

Ten contemporary titles in French translated to English are in the first of two rounds of reader voting for the new Albertine Prize. A winner is to be named on June 6.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Ten Translations from Seven Publishers
Albertine, the French bookshop in New York presented by the cultural services division of the French Embassy, has announced a new award program in association with Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional support is being provided by Air France, BookWitty, Pommery, Ladurée, and La Rêveuse.

The Albertine Prize has been devised to honor “American readers’ favorite contemporary Francophone literature” and to promote discovery of new literary voices translated and published in the States in the past year.

The prize is to be chosen in two rounds of reader voting.

In the first round of voting—when all 10 initial titles are up for readers’ consideration—the deadline to cast a vote is April 14.

A second round  of voting will then begin on three finalists. This second round of voting will end April 30.

The winner of the competition is to be announced on June 6 by author-translator Lydia Davis and French critic and media host François Busnel.

The selection of 10 books put forward for readers’ attention are published by Other Press (two entries); Seven Stories Press (two entries); Dalkey Archive; Dorothy; Deep Vellum; FSG; Three Percent; and Knopf. The program also provides a new showcase for a group of 11 translators. (Nathalie Leger’s Suite for Barbara Loden is translated by Natasha Lehrer and Cecile Menon.)

In order for a vote to be registered, it must be cast in the United States at, and prepared information on the site indicates that voting readers are not required to read all 10 books.

More information is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.