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Dear Alliance Française Members,
The December snow had forced us to cancel the festive Cercle de Convivialitémarking the end of the year. We are instead going to celebrate the Fête des Rois, the Kings Day, on Sunday January 6, at 4pm. Our friend, Mary-Benton Gordon, will again host the Cercle. Please bring galettes of course, or any other dish, as well as your favorite drink, cider, wine, or what you wish to drink. Don’t forget to register on the web-site to get the address.
Several bakeries and pastry shops in the Triangle sell the “galette des Rois”. But if
you wish to learn how to make them yourself, here is a perfect opportunity: the Alliance is offering a pastry making workshop on Saturday January 19at 3pm. You’ll go home with a delicious galette made by you, that you can share and enjoy with your family. Don’t forget that in France galettes des Rois are eaten throughout January!
Before digging into the copious fare of activities taking place the first month of this New Year, we wish you all a “Bonne Année!” and also ask for your help: our Alliance board needs to find an expert in computer science, particularly in order to improve our Alliance web-site.
Is there any one among you who would be willing to volunteer a few hours a month for us?
Here are, following, the events to take place in January, in a somewhat chronological order:
On January 17at 6pm, French author Géraldine Smithwill discuss (in English) the
provocative argument of her new book “Vu en Amérique, bientôt en France”(Seen in America, Soon in France): that current trends in the United States presage the shape of things to come in her country.
The workshop “ConversationFrench slang“(argot et langage familier) that we have been announcing for several months, will take place on January 23rdat 6:30pm. Geared to (fairly) advanced speakers, this workshop will show you the difference between formal correct French and the more fun, at times bizarre, French spoken among friends and family.
Sign up early, spots are limited!
Are you interested in the world of publishing? wondering how publishers select the authors to be published? curious about the differences in publishing practices between the US and France?
Then come and listen to the presentation (in English) given by Ronald Blunden, Vice-president of Hachette Livre, the largest world publisher, # 1 in France, # 4 in the US,
on Friday the 25thin the afternoon “Hunters and Gatherers. Book Publishing in France and US”in the Pink Parlor on Duke University East campus. This meeting is organized by the Center for French and Francophone Studies.
By the way, would one of our members be interested in taking over the leadership of our Book Club, Club de Lecture ? Joël, who ran it until now, no longer has enough time to run it. Please contact us if this responsibility appeals to you.
Here is now a reminder of the regular January activities of the Alliance, the details of which you will find on the web-site.
Welcome Caféon Tuesday the 8th at 10:30am
Hiking in French on Saturday the 26th at 10:30am
French Singalong (Apéro’Singalong) on Thursdays at 6:30pm
Yoga in French on Tuesday the 8th at 6:30pm
Cercle de Convivialité“Fête des Rois Special”on Sunday the 6th at 4pm
Club de Lecture on Wednesday the 30th at 7pm
Speak Easy on Saturday the 12th at 6pm
Thank you everyone!
The Alliance Française team wishes you a very happy year 2019!