Cultural Programs

The following Cultural Offerings à la carte list of Speakers and Performers is based upon the recommendations of Alliance Française chapters across the country sharing their cultural resources and successful programs. By choosing from this list of geographically convenient speakers and performers, these programs should become available to you at a modest cost.

Anyone who wishes to engage one of the programs on this list must simply contact that speaker or performer directly. You and that performer will then directly work together on all arrangements for the program, including the scheduling, payment of fees, travel, etc. The Federation will have no involvement with your arrangements with the performer.

Note that foreign performers must hold work-authorized visas (typically P- visas) in order to be qualified to perform for compensation in the United States. Alliances are advised to check on the work-authorization status of performers during initial negotiations.

The Federation is currently working to expand its Cultural Offerings à la carte (formerly known as the National Speakers' Bureau) list of French and Francophone lecture, music, dance and theater presentations available at a reasonable fee. Please contact if you would like to nominate a presentation, have questions, or need more information.


François Adrien

Paris, France: Author of L’Ombre de Némésis, A French sailor in the Spanish-American War (éditions Privat, 2010).

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart

Doni Belau

Founder of A Girls Guide To Paris website New York, NY: Paris travel professional

Joel Binet

France: Histoire, Culture & Traditions des regions de France, vins gastonomie

Patrick Cerf

Paris, France: Lecturer on Tahitian History and Culture

Musical Promenade in Paris

Susan Courtney

"Mary Cassatt in France"

Lance Donaldson-Evans

Author of 100 Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present (2010) Philadelphia, PA, lecturer

David Downie

Paris, France : Author and journalist

Edy Feinberg

Lausanne (Suisse) : Professeur du degré supérieur et Journaliste indépendant

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.

New York, NY: Art Historian – Founder and Director of the New York Arts Exchange.


Jeffrey H. Jackson

Author of Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 Memphis, TN: Historian

Jean-Pierre Jentile

Paris, France : Author “Ogrino, l’Héritage Ancestral”

Bernard Magnier

Paris : critique littéraire spécialiste des littératures de l’Afrique, de la Caraïbe

Mary McAuliffe

New York, NY: Historian, Writer – New York, NY: Historian, Writer – Author of several books on Belle Epoque Paris and medieval France.

Robert O. Paxton

New York, NY: Historian

Frederic Pichon

Denver, CO: Talks about Art and Culture in France

Laurence Raybois

Redmond, WA: Professional advisor on working and living in France and buying real estate in France

Ann Saul

Philadelphia: Author and Lecturer on French Impressionism and American Impressionism

Rob Silverstone

Brighton, UK: Author, A Mule in Rouen - a discovery of Upper Normandy

What is One Book, One Federation?

The program, “One Book, One Federation,” sponsored by the Federation 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.

The Federation of Alliances françaises USA is pleased to announce our choice for the 2016 “One Book, One Federation”:

La commissaire n'aime point les vers (Paris: Gallimard, 2012)

La commissaire n'aime point les vers cover

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 line 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.

You may visit the website of MEP/Schoenhof’s Books to order this book and benefit from the special One Book One Federation price of $9 including shipping.

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

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

Rejoignez-nous sur One Book One Federation on Facebook pour partager avec d'autres lecteurs votre opinion sur ce livre.

Previous One Book, One Federation Selections

2015 Le Chapeau de Mitterand by Antoine Laurain
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2014 Le Collier Rouge by Jean-Christophe Rufin
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2013 La calèche by Jean Diwo
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2012 La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel
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2011 Le Banquier et le Perroquet by Philippe Simiot
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2010 Sœurs Chocolats by Catherine Velle

2009 Héroïnes Françaises, 1940-1945 : Courage, Force et Ingéniosité by Professor Monique Saigal
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2007 Victoire : les saveurs et les mots by Maryse Condé
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2006 Le gone du Chéba by Azouz Begag.
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2005 Les Âmes grises by Philippe Claudel.
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2004 Le testament Français by Andrei Makine.
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Make A Proposal

If you are interested in being considered by the Federation of Alliances Francaises for our Cultural Offerings, please contact us through this form: