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.

2017 Selection:
La Commissaire n’aime point les vers by George Flipo

For the first time in its history, the One Book One Federation Progam proposes a roman policier (crime story) for its annual selection. And this one comes with a twist: the Police Chief is a woman!

Police Chief Viviane Lancier isn’t exactly the poetry-loving type, but here she finds herself embroiled in a murderous affair with poetry at its heart…

A homeless man who looks exactly like Victor Hugo is found assassinated in front of the l’Académie française; an erotic sonnet by Baudelaire becomes the calling card of a serial killer…as if she didn’t have enough problems on her hands, what with an ex who pesters her and her constant diets that drive her insane, and now she has to deal with literature to boot! Help comes in the person of Augustin Monot, her new lieutenant. He may be as bumbling as he is suave and well-read, but he manages to lend an appreciated hand to the Chief in this piquant investigation.

The plot of this engaging novel is full of action, intrigue, unexpected turns and a dry sense of humor. The characters are appealing and you will be rooting for them all along. The book was selected for its simple style, straightforward vocabulary and plot line, and will, as such, reach a wide audience of Alliance Française members. The French is accessible and suitable for B1 and B2 language students. This novel can be used in a book club setting or as the basis for a course around the “roman noir” and French crime fiction.

A complete study guide is available here and on the the One Book One Federation Facebook page. It includes a synopsis, biographical material, discussion questions and vocabulary lists.

Purchase the book online at MEP/Schoenhof’s Books or other booksellers.

“A fun and different type of novel to engage you this year!”

Katharine Branning and Yann Carmona, FIAF Library, New York.

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One Book One Federation
Selections

2017
La Commissaire n’aime point les vers by George Flipo
Guide de lecture
2016
Le Chapeau de Mitterand by Antoine Laurain
Guide de lecture
2015
Le Collier rouge by Jean-Christophe Rufin
Guide de lecture
2014
La Calèche by Jean Diwo
Guide de lecture
2013 
La Petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel
Guide de lecture
2012
Le Banquier et le perroquet by Philippe Simiot
Guide de lecture
2011 
Sœurs chocolats by Catherine Velle
2010 
Héroïnes françaises, 1940-1945 : Courage, force et ingéniosité by Professor Monique Saigal
Guide de lecture
2008 
Victoire : les saveurs et les mots by Maryse Condé
Guide de lecture
2007 
Le Gone du Chéba by Azouz Begag
Guide de lecture
2006
Les Âmes grises by Philippe Claudel
Guide de lecture
2005
Le Testament français by Andrei Makine
Guide de lecture