Updates from the Alliance Française de Kalamazoo

Dr. Cynthia Ruoff of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University penned the following updates from the Alliance.

Kalamazoo, le 20 décembre 2018

Très chers amis,

Les membres du comité de l'Alliance Française tiennent à vous souhaiter une bonne et heureuse année 2019, une année ensoleillée et vibrante. Vous trouverez ci-joint le programme de la première partie de notre saison d'activités culturelles. We include soirées in English for those francophiles who would like to participate in our activities. We always welcome you to listen to the French presentations and participate in our activities even if you do not speak French.

Avec l'initiative "One Book/One Federation," la Fédération promeut la littérature française à travers un auteur contemporain. Cette année la Fédération a choisi le roman "La Délicatesse" (2009) by David Foenkinos. Since our Allinace already read this novel a number of years ago, I replaced it with "Souvenirs" (2011) by the same author. This novel explores a young man's relationship with his grandparents, especially his grandmother, and his own search for love. David Foenkinos est né le 28 octobre 1974 et a étudié la musique et la littérature à Paris. I will have the books available at our January meeting.

The "One Film/One Federation movie this year is "le Brio," a dramatic comedy. It is in French but has been subtitled in English. this film has not been released in the U.S. thanks to the support from the Cultural Services in the French Embassy and the Institut français, I have arranged to have an exclusive showing on February 5.

We wish to thank Nelly for organizing the wonderful "Repas de Noël" at the Food Dance on Thursday, December 20. The restaurant incurred substantial damage from a kitchen fire and had to be renovated. We were very happy to hear that he renovations were completed in time for dinner.

At each of our soirées, the hostesses and hosts provide refreshments an delicious desserts in addition to the comfort of their homes. We would like to thank them for their generosity and hospitality. If you would like to host, but the cost is not within your budget, contact me to arrange the details. After the event, please submit your receipts for reimbursement.

Le mois de janvier est le moment de payer vos cotisations. Nous vous remercions de votre participation. Nelly will send you a membership form soon. We ask you to send your check to Nelly before February 15 to facilitate her work.

Nous nous réjouissons d'avance de vous compter parmi nos membres.

Trés cordialement,

Cynthia Ruoff, Présidente de l'Alliance Française de Kalamazoo, cynthia.ruoff@wmich.edu

Nelly Kurzmann, Trésorière