Books & Ideas
The Book Department of Villa Albertine works with Albertine Foundation, the Institut français and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French books in all categories (fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, comics and poetry). To that effect, it oversees programs concerning translations from French into English of works that have not yet been published in the United States.
Albertine Translation Fund & Prizes
In 2006, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with the PEN American Center, launched the French Voices program. The objective was to create what would become, over an initial period of three years, a collection of 30 books representing the best of contemporary French and Francophone literature and thought. Sixteen years later, the collection has largely surpassed its objective and is now more than 170 titles strong. It includes a wide range of works representing some of the best of French-language fiction and non-fiction alike. Thanks to support from the Florence Gould Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, the program became, in 2013, the French Voices Awards.
In 2022, the Book Department of the newly launched Villa Albertine is proud to reveal the Albertine Translation Fund & Prizes, a new and enhanced version of the French Voices Awards.
The Albertine Translation Fund & Prizes recognizes the quality of both the original work and the translation. A committee of independent professional experts (academics, translators, and publishers) selects works that epitomize the many facets of a vibrant French literary scene. Grants go to books representing new trends in fiction and graphic novels and important points of view in non-fiction.
The Albertine Translation Fund & Prizes honors both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France in the last 10 years. The recipients are selected by a literary committee. Each book receives $2,000 to cover publishing costs, and 50% of the translation costs that cannot exceed $5,000.
Furthermore, the Albertine Translation committee chooses, among the recipients, two Albertine Translation Prizes winners each year – one in fiction and one in non-fiction. The winners will receive $5,000 to be allocated to the translator.
It should be noted that works that do not have an American publisher can be a recipient of the Albertine Translation Fund & Prizes. The French publisher will have a year to secure an acquisition of rights contract with an American publisher for the English translation.
The works published in the US that benefited from the Albertine Translation Fund & Prizes must carry a logo of the program on their cover and mention of the program on the copyright page.
The deadline for the current call for applications is June 15, 2023.
For more information about the program, please click here.
Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, Albertine Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. Albertine Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language.
Florence Gould Foundation
The Florence Gould Foundation is devoted to French-American exchange and friendship. It has provided critical and longstanding support to enable the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner FACE Foundation to foster French-American exchange across disciplines and make the very best of French and francophone culture accessible to diverse communities across the United States. The Florence Gould Writers’ Residency at Villa Albertine will create exceptional and enduring opportunities for literary creation for the most promising and innovative French and Francophone authors.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Founded at Paris’ 22 Place Vendôme in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels came into being following Estelle Arpels’ marriage to Alfred Van Cleef in 1895. With a blend of inventiveness and poetry, Van Cleef & Arpels perpetuates a highly distinctive style. Its selection of exceptional gems that instill an emotion, and the savoir-faire of its craftsmen, have given birth to enchanting jewelry and watchmaking collections. Whether inspired by nature, couture, dance or imaginary worlds, the Maison opens the gate to a timeless universe of beauty and harmony. Van Cleef & Arpels’ constant commitment to creation also finds expression in its various activities as a partner and patron in the cultural field. Reflecting the Maison’s attachment to values of transmission and sharing, these initiatives take place in sectors that it holds dear: they include heritage protection, fine and decorative arts, design, dance and poetry.