Noir Festival in Lisle-sur-Tarn

A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of attending Lisle Noir, a French mystery and thriller festival in Lisle-sur-Tarn. I mostly hung around with my writer buddies and bought a bunch of French mysteries with my daughter, so I have some new authors to discover. I also translated for Roger J. Ellory, who participated in a round table and needed some help with the French. I also met Lilja Sigurdardottir, an Icelandic author who also spoke English. Great fun, and a reminder of why I started Le French Book.


The courage of forgotten heroes lives on

An op-ed in The New York Times (“He Helped Jews Escape the Holocaust. He Died Unknown”) tells the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat, who in 1940 saved tens of thousands of lives only to be punished for this heroism by his own government.

Here, at Le French Book, it reminded of us Deadly Tasting, one of the mysteries in the Winemaker Detective series, in which an investigation into a series of murders in Bordeaux jogged memories about the complicated history of Bordeaux during Nazi occupation. It was a dark time: weinfuhrers ruled the wine trade, while collaborationists and paramilitary organizations spread terror throughout the region. The authors skillfully weave real history into an otherwise lighthearted mystery series, telling the story of an unsung hero. To discover.

The New York Times article reminds us to remember.

“Was he a great man? Was he mad in showing so little instinct for self-preservation?” one of his sons asked. “The answer lies in all of us when we try to pass judgment on him. I am proud of the fact that I was lucky enough to have such a man as my father.” Tens of thousands today are alive because of his courage.

Launch Day: Discover scenery, scents and sounds of France

In this French mystery set in the Loire Valley, a beguiling actress meets with foul play. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker and his handsome sidekick Virgile rush to the rescue of a dear friend only to find that everyone is a suspect. What intrigue is playing out behind the scenes?

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Another Bastille Day...

I can't believe that Bastille Day is already upon us. This year has flown by. You may have noticed that we published fewer books this year. Just exactly what have we been up to at Le French Book? We've been busy with projects, not all of them mystery translations. Here's a rundown.

  • Amy and Sally have been working on the next Winemaker Detective novel. I just got the final draft. Yay. Can't wait to get it out to our readers.
  • Due to popular demand, we've been building our translation and publishing services business. We translate both French to English and English to French for authors and other publishing houses. We also provide publishing support services in both languages, including structural editing, copyediting, design and layout work, and other publishing support. For example, we helped Dr. Chiufang Hwang get one of her books published in French, Spanish, and soon in German.
  • This year, I also worked on a fascinating translation for Columbia University Press (more about that when it comes out). 
  • We've been working closely with Frédérique Molay on her new book that will soon be published in French by Amazon Publishing France. 

I will be honest, though, we also went through some deep questioning. In the end, it's clear to us that Le French Book is truly a passion. We want to keep bringing value to our readers however we can, and we are truly grateful for your continued interest and support.

Right now, we are exploring new titles to publish and perhaps new genres as well. Feel free to pitch in ideas.

Happy Bastille Day.

Anne

PS. Introduce your friends to The Winemaker Detective. This week, to celebrate Bastille Day, The Winemaker Detective Omnibus ebook is on sale for only $2.99/£2.99 in the US and UK. 

Discover Crime Café

I had the great privilege of spending time with Debbi Mack on her podcast Crime Café. Debbie is a New York Times bestselling author—I recommend you check out her books.

The Crime Café podcast is in its 3rd season. The Crime Café it is a fun source for great mystery, suspense, noir, and thriller reading. Listen to podcasts featuring interviews with top crime fiction authors, as well as true crime writers. Guests include, not only book authors, but screenwriters and storytellers in other media – from films to television to the Web – and beyond... including one translator/publisher. :-)

What's next?

French wine mystery novel set in Vouvray

Oh... I just can't wait. A new translation just came in... it's another Winemaker Detective novel by Jean-Pierre and Noël, set in Vouvray! This means we are heading back to the Loire Valley, not so very far from Tours, where chinon blanc is a dominant grape variety. I look forward to seeing what Sally and Amy have done with the translation and getting to work on this new adventure.

I'll say no more, except that it starts off with a proverb...

It is well to remember
that there are five reasons for drinking:
the arrival of a friend,
one’s present or future thirst,
the excellence of the wine,
or any other reason.   
—Latin Proverb