The French Embassy offers financial aid to American institutions universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, and other venues across the United States wishing to host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. The authors listed below are currently available for booking. Priority will be given to institutions which submit a detailed project for an American audience, especially events with wide visibility such as bookfairs and multidisciplinary festivals. Preference will also be given to panels involving International or American writers or events organized in conjunction with an exhibition or other special program. If you would like to invite one of these authors to your institution, please read the application procedures.

Boubacar Boris Diop

April 27 - May 12, 2015

Born in 1946 in Dakar, Senegalese novelist, journalist and essayist Boubacar Boris Diop has established himself today as one of the most prominent contemporary Francophone writers. The Knight and His Shadow, published last January by Michigan University Press, is his second book translated in English, after Murambi, the Book of Bones, which stems from his stay in Kigali, Rwanda, in 1998, four years after the massacres.


Jean-Christophe Rufin

Early May, 2015
New York, and North East
Jean-Christophe Rufin is a doctor, historian, novelist, and the former French Ambassador to Senegal and Gambia. Rufin has written historical and political essays, as well as science fiction and adventure novels. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Abyssinian, for which he won the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel in 1997 and Brazil Red, the winner of the 2001 Goncourt Prize. READ MORE

Annie Goetzinger

April 2015
Best-selling graphic novelist Annie Goetzinger, published in "Circus", "L'Écho des Savanes", "Fluide Glacial", "Métal Hurlant" and "Pilote" among other places, will participate in the 2015 edition of the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. Her latest graphic novel, "Girl In Dior", is the sweepingly beautiful docudrama of the life of Christian Dior, starting with the launch of his brand. READ MORE

Pierre Lemaitre

September 2015 TBC
Born in Paris in 1951, Pierre Lemaitre has established himself as a standout writer of the French contemporary roman noir genre. By the time he was awarded the Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, in 2013, for his novel Au revoir là-haut, he had seven books and numerous other awards under his belt. Au-revoir là-haut will be released in the US in time for the 2015 Brooklyn Book festival. READ MORE

Marie-Monique Robin

April 12-25, 2015
United States
Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She is the director and producer of more than thirty documentaries and investigative reports filmed in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Robin is the author of The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply (The New Press), Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick (The New Press) and The Photos of the Century: 100 Historic Moments (Taschen), among other works. READ MORE

Julia Deck

December 4-6, 2014
United States

Julia Deck became an overnight literary sensation when Viviane was published in France in 2012. Viviane is one of very few debut novels to come out of the major French publishing house Les Editions de Minuit in a generation. Critics have praised the murder mystery for its gripping plot and compelling psychological insight.