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French Embassy to open NYC bookstore, create ‘French corners’ in indie bookstores

The French Embassy is opening a bookstore in New York City and will work with independent booksellers to create ‘French corners’ in their stores, reports Publishers Weekly. The US$5.3 million (A$6.0 million) Albertine Books, which is modelled after a private French library, will be located over two floors of the Beaux-Art Payne Whitney mansion and will stock 14,000 volumes of fiction, nonfiction, art, graphic novels, and children’s books in English translation and French. The project was conceived by Antonin Baudry, cultural counselor of the French embassy and author of the graphic novel Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, who was concerned by the number of bookstore closures in the city. ‘I don’t want to live in a city without [at least] three great bookstores,’ he said. ‘Independent bookstores in the U.S., especially in New York, face a hard thing with rent.’ Albertine Books will also work with independent booksellers throughout the country to ‘recreate the French bookstore experience’ through its French Corners program. The program will offer booksellers a selection of either 80 French books in translation or in French on consignment, and is set to launch with 10 stores in November.

 

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