Francophiles have a new haven in New York in the French Embassy’s Albertine, a recently opened reading room and bookshop. This center of intellectual exchange welcomes those with a passion for all things brainy and French, from Proust to Piketty. To celebrate the launch, the place is hosting the six-day Festival Albertine, curated by Greil Marcus and featuring talks with a range of luminaries from both sides of the pond. Tonight sees Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner in conversation with Alexandra Clert, showrunner of Parisian police drama Spiral, about television’s portrayal of working women. Other edifying festival events include Marjane Satrapi (author of Persepolis) talking creativity with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott; economists Joseph Stiglitz and Gabriel Zucman taking a look at income inequality; and Didier Grumbach and Anne Valérie Hash considering the global impact of French fashion.

Oct. 17-19, 7 p.m., 2014

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