AFGR Chapter News November

La Conversation en Automne

All levels and abilities are welcome for a casual evening of French conversation.
Wine and light refreshments will be served.
When: The conversation group will be meeting on Monday, Nov. 12 from 6:30-8:00pm.
Where: 1825 Weymouth Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, 49508
RSVP by Sat. Nov. 10 to Linda at or text her at 616-970-8260.

AFGR Chapter Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner

15 November at the University Club in Downtown Grand Rapids. Before-dinner cocktails at 6:00p.m, with dinner about 6:45p.m.  The complete dinner offers an entrée choice of Shrimp Scampi or Chicken Françoise. There will be four wines served in addition to the Beaujolais Nouveau.

Cost for the dinner is $65 per person and includes gratuity, tax and parking.

To make reservations and chose your entrée selection please call the University Club at 616-456-8623. You may pay by credit card, or use your Club Membership number.

Deadline for reservations is Monday, November 12th.

Oh yes— there are NO Walk-ins permitted.

Mélodies - An evening of French song, music and poetry/Une soirée de chansons et de poésies françaises

Presented by the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at GVSU.

Wed. Nov. 7, 2018
Grand Valley State University
Cook-Dewitt Center on the Allendale Campus

There will be refreshments and snacks before the show begins. Free admission.

AFGR Book Club

The next book club selection will be the 2018 release of Ann Mah's first attempt at a novel, The Lost Vintage. We previously read her Mastering the Art of French Eating.

We will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30pm at Schulers.

France TV online

This website gives access to a lot of French programming, including daily news programs. Some programming that appears available actually isn’t due to broadcasting agreements. Subtitles are available in French (not in English).

France 24 News online

Another wonderful source for keeping up with all things French. This site is in English and is available as an app for iPad and iPhone as well.

News from The Federation of Alliances Françaises USA

One Book, One Federation 2018 selection

One Book, One Federation 2018 selection

Remember the Federation’s “One Book One Federation” program from past years? Designed to encourage French literacy, the Federation each year chooses a book that will appeal to readers with varying knowledge of the French language, then creates a reading guide. This year’s selection is La Tête en Friche, by Marie-Sabine Roger. The address below gives you much more information about this charming, heart-warming story and where to buy it:

If anyone’s interested in forming a discussion group on this book, we’ll be happy to get the word out. Contact Ellen VanderMey: 616-676-3087,

 From France 24 News - A nation pays its respects to singer Charles Aznavour