A Month of French Authors/Un Mois d’Auteurs Français.

Unless you suggest a contemporary French author or even better two, starting with the letter U, I will showcase the Parisian-based organization UNESCO instead. Without books and people who write them their mission would not be possible, anyway.

The mission of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Education has not changed since its creation in 1945:

“Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women”

Because white still symbolizes peace

Still located on the Place de Fontenoy (#7) in Paris 7e the organization has now 195 member states and 10 associate members.

I borrowed their statement from their website:

“UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:

  • has access to quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development;
  • may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;
  • can fully benefit from scientific advances;
  • and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.

UNESCO’s messages are of increasing importance today, in a globalized world where interconnections and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women.”



See you tomorrow with letter V

A demain pour la lettre V

Thank you for reading!

Merci de nous lire!

Good luck if you participate to the A to Z Challenge!

Bonne chance si vous participez au Challenge de A à Z!


  1. Everyday I am presenting a restaurant (or two) Evelyne and I recently visited.

    Uno Pizzeria and Grill (Revere, Ma): yes, it is a chain certainly not the worst one.
    And the Revere Uno Pizzeria is located next to Logan Airport on Route 1; so for all these late evening arriving flights, on our way to Maine, it has been a family tradition to stop there for a pizza.

    — Evelyne’s husband.

    • I’ve eaten in the original in Chicago! And for a number of years there was a restaurant in Sacramento called Zelda’s that served excellent Chicago style pizza. I was going with a woman who had grown up in Chicago and eating Chicago style pizza was one of the requirements of our relationship! 🙂 –Curt

      • Chicago pizzas are pretty good! Agree. The first time we ate at Uno in Boston (next to Fenway park) many, many years ago, our daughter was so small that she fell asleep right on the table after eating her first American pizza. We carried her back to the hotel and she didn’t even wake up. We wondered, “What do they put in their pizzas in the US?”

      • I suspect that you weren’t complaining, however!

  2. In fact there is the important poet U Tam’si. Born in the French Congo, Tchicaya U Tam’si is a respected francophone author.
    «Ma poésie, disait-il, est comme le fleuve Congo, qui charrie autant de cadavres que de jacinthes d’eau.»

  3. Yeah for UNESCO! Needed now more than ever in the US. Thanks, Evelyn. –Curt

    • For the letter U I considered Universities too, because they can play a really important role during our youth. But UNESCO was a pretty obvious choice, considering their mission too. In any case, thank you for your constant support. Almost over 🙂

  4. Great organization to highlight!

    • I thought you would like, Claire. Not really a library like the fantastic selection you are offering us this month, but still a significant organization that does a lot for the betterment of people.

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