Book Clubs

Lectures Faciles

A French Book Club Designated for Beginning Readers!

 

Le club est ouvert à tous!
New and returning members are always welcome to join us. This group meets the third Saturday of every month from 2:30-3:30 pm at AFMSP!

 

Our next meeting will be: Jan 20. Le Petit Nicolas de Sempé et Goscinny

 

 

Most of the books will be available online through Culturethèque. You may also purchase them via Albertine.

Details about Lectures Faciles!

WHO MAY JOIN?

Our Lectures Faciles French Book Club welcomes new and returning participants…even in the middle of a story! We are a friendly group that reads and discusses real French literature in a relaxed atmosphere. While most of the group are students at AFMSP, all are welcome to join!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It is FREE! You can access the book on Culturethèque, or order it online.  Sometimes the stories are available on the internet, or you might be able to borrow it from a library. Membership at AFMSP isn’t required, but your support is appreciated.

WHERE DO WE MEET?
Normally, we meet every second Saturday of the month from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Alliance Française; however, when AFMSP does not have classes in session, we will meet at an alternate location.

WHAT DO WE READ?
Stories, novels, plays, essays, and poems are chosen by the members. Members sometimes bring pictures, photos, maps, or articles to share more information about the current selection. The selection is made by the people who show up at the meeting when we select the next book.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MEETING?

We take turns reading one page at a time. If there is a lot of dialogue, we might read a selection by taking the parts of different characters. Before going on to the next page, we make sure everyone is on the same page. We try to use French as much as possible!

Members often delight us by sharing photos, drawings, historical references, literary techniques, and even personal experiences that relate to the story.

CURIOUS?
If you have any questions about Lectures Faciles and/or would like to be on the email “reminder” list, please contact us at 612 332 0436.

Navigateurs de la littérature

A French Book Club Designated to Intermediate Readers!

Le club est ouvert à tous ! This group usually meets the second Wednesday of every month. Returning readers and newcomers are all invited to attend and discuss. The group discusses a different book at each meeting. Next meeting:

Wednesday, Jan 10 from 6-8 pm at AFMSP!

This month’s selection is: Cosmétique de l’ennemi d’Amelie Nothomb

Disponible sur Culturethèque, the book can also be purchased on Amazon.

 

Livres à venir en 2018: 
10 janvier – Cosmétique de l’ennemi, Amélie Nothomb (dispo sur Culturethèque)

14 février – L’écume des jours de Boris Vian

14 mars – Ru de Kim Thùy (Available for purchase at AFMSP. This author will be our guest during le Mois de la Francophonie 2018)

11 avril – Chanson Douce de Leila Slimani (Winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt. Available for purchase at AFMSP, and on Culturethèque. This author will be on tour in the US in April)

9 mai – La femme au carnet rouge d’Antoine Laurain

13 juin – Charlotte de David Foenkinos (Winner of the 2014 Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Dispo sur Culturethèque)

11 juillet – L’amant de Marguerite Duras (Winner of the 1984 Prix Goncourt. Available for purchase at AFMSP)

8 août – Une Vie De Boy de Ferdinand Oyono

12 septembre – Oscar et la Dame Rose d’Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Dispo sur Culturethèque

10 octobre – Persepolis de Marjane Satrapi

14 novembre – L’attentat de Kahdra Yasmina (Dispo sur Culturethèque)

12 décembre – Kiffe kiffe demain de Faiza Guene

 

Details about Navigateurs de la littérature!

WHO MAY JOIN?

Our Navigateurs de la littérature French Book Club welcomes new and returning members, and discusses a new book at each meet-up! We are reading more contemporary literature, with in-depth discussion at each meeting. This group is geared towards intermediate and advanced-level French learners.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It is FREE! You can access the books on Culturethèque, or order it online.  Sometimes the stories are available on the internet, or you might be able to borrow it from a library. While AF membership isn’t required, your support of AFMSP is appreciated and necessary for our continued cultural programming.

WHERE DO WE MEET?
Normally, we meet every first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 pm at the Alliance Française; however, when AFMSP does not have classes in session, we will meet at an alternate location.

WHAT DO WE READ?
AF volunteers Sabina and Chloé are leading the group and making book selections, however members are encouraged to make suggestions. Members sometimes bring pictures, photos, maps, or articles to share more information about the current selection.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MEETING?
We talk about the story of the book, the things we liked or disliked about the book. Members are welcome to ask questions about the things they did not understand when first reading the story. Everyone selects their favorite part, reads it out loud and then, we will discuss it as a group. Please note that the discussion is in French.

Members often delight us by sharing photos, drawings, historical references, literary techniques, and even personal experiences that relate to the story.

CURIOUS?
If you have any questions about Navigateurs de la littérature and/or would like to be on the email “reminder” list, please contact us at 612 332 0436. To be included on the email list and receive updates on books and reminders for meetings, email Bina.

Contact Us!

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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: 612 332 0436
bonjour@afmsp.org

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