Take part in a discussion of French-language books


The Cercle de Lecture meets once each month on a Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. (usually the third Friday of the month) to discuss a French-language book. Various types of books are selected, and discussion is entirely in French. Any interested member is welcome to attend, whether or not he or she has read the book chosen for the month.

To participate and for information on location, members must email the host at information@afnashville.org.


January 2021

Le Fantôme de la rue Royale, de Jean-François Parot



Additional Reading

In partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA: One Book One Federation.

The Federation’s One Book One Federation program supports French literacy throughout the United States. By encouraging the reading of one book by all chapters during a single year, the Federation is able to assist in the creation of a reading guide and encourage the formation of reading groups. Each year our committee selects a well-written, engaging book that will appeal to Alliance Française members and students.

2021 Selection: Profession du Père by Sorj Chalandon

“Mon père disait qu’il avait été chanteur, footballeur, professeur de judo, parachutiste, espion, pasteur d’une Église pentecôtiste américaine et conseiller personnel du général de Gaulle jusqu’en 1958. Un jour, il m’a dit que le Général l’avait trahi. Son meilleur ami était devenu son pire ennemi. Alors mon père m’a annoncé qu’il allait tuer de Gaulle. Et il m’a demandé de l’aider. Je n’avais pas le choix. C’était un ordre. J’étais fier. Mais j’avais peur aussi… À 13 ans, c’est drôlement lourd un pistolet.”

This book won the Prix du Style 2015 and was adapted into a bande dessinée in 2018.

Sorj Chalandon (born 16 May 1952 in Tunis) is a French writer and journalist. From 1973 until 2007 he worked as a journalist on Libération where, among other things, he covered events in Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. In 1988 he received the Albert Londres Prize for his articles on Northern Ireland and the Klaus Barbie trial.[2] Since then he has worked for the satirical-investigative newspaper Le Canard enchaîné.[1] His second novel, Une promesse (2006), won the Prix Médicis. His 2011 novel Return to Killybegs won the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française and was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt.

Click here to order Profession du Père from MEP/Schoenhof’s Books for the special One Book One Federation price of $10.00 including shipping.

Barbara Bouquegneau French Cultural Center/Alliance Française of Boston