New York City’s Only French Bookshop!
Reflecting the French government’s commitment to French-American intellectual exchange, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius today presented author Philip Roth with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor at a ceremony that culminated with the groundbreaking for New York City’s only French bookshop.
François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, said that this space will be the only bookshop in New York City solely devoted to works in French and in translation, offering more than 14,000 titles in genres ranging from literature, non-fiction, and children’s books to art books and comic books. Aiming to spark lively conversations and debate, the space will also host author conversations, panel discussions, and exhibits.
The mansion, which is also home to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, was designed by iconic Beaux- Arts architect Stanford White at the beginning of the 20th century. To create a suitably elegant new interior, the French Embassy has enlisted French designer Jacques Garcia, who is renowned for designing interiors that create a link between traditional and modern architecture, such as his celebrated restoration of the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Normandy, France.