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.

Alban Cerisier

April 2-12, 2016
North East
Alban Cerisier is an archivist and historian specializing in the history of publishing. He has written several works on literary history, in addition to a book on the history of Gallimard, Histoire de La NRF, published in 2009. READ MORE

Colin Giraud

February/March 2016
USA tour
Colin Giraud is a sociology professor at the University of Nanterre. His research focuses on urban and gender sociology, with special interest in the sociopolitical effects of the reorganized Western metropolis. Quartiers gays, published in 2014, compiles his research on these subjects in France and North America. READ MORE

Elisabeth Lebovici

February 2016
USA tour
Elisabeth Lebovici is a French art historian, journalist, and critic. Her work grapples with gender and sexuality, as well as the relationships between feminism, queer theory, art history, and contemporary art. She is also the author of several monographs on contemporary artists and teaches at EHESS. READ MORE

Maylis de Kerangal

February / March 2016
USA tour
Maylis de Kerangal's last novel, The Heart, is published in USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her writing has been widely praised for its scope, originality, and use of language. The style of her prose is rich and innovative, playing with different registers (from highly literary to colloquial slang), inventing words, and playing with speed and tension through grammatical ellipsis and elision. READ MORE

Magali Bonniol

December 2015
Magali Bonniol is a self-made woman. She creates her books by digging deeply into her childhood memories and fumbling through the piles of drawings she has been collecting in numerous files since she was a teenager. READ MORE

Lyonel Trouillot

October 2015
Puerto Rico, Florida and Louisiana
Lyonel Trouillot is a novelist, poet, journalist, and professor of literature. He was fascinated by literature from an early age (he wrote his first story when he was 6 years old and quit law school in order to write). He is the author of 11 novels, two essays and a book of poetry. His La belle amour humaine was shortlisted for the Goncourt in 2011 and received the Grand Prix du Roman Métis (2011), the Geneva Book Fair Literary Prize (2012), and the Gitanjali Literary Prize (2012). In 2011, he was awarded the Prix Wepler for his novel Yanvalou pour Charlie, and in 2013, he was awarded the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde for Parabole du failli. READ MORE

Luc Lang

November 2015
Luc Lang is the prize-winning author of, among others: "Voyage sur la ligne d’horizon", "Cruel 13", "La Fin des passages", "Mille six cents ventres", "11 septembre mon amour", and "L'Autoroute". He has in addition to novels and short stories, written essays on visual arts. Lang writes widely on contemporary art and on the art of the novel and teaches aesthetics at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris et Cergy. His "Cruel Tales from the 13th Floor" was just published in English by The University of Nebraska Press. READ MORE

Marianne Rubinstein

November 2-13, 2015
Marianne Rubinstein is an Associate Professor of Economics at Université Paris 7. She has written a number of essays, as well as novels for both children and adults. In 2002, she published "Tout le monde n’a pas la chance d’être orphelin", an essay on the children of orphans of the Shoah. In "C’est maintenant du passé", published in 2009, she further explores the subject of the Shoah and recounts the story of her father’s family. Rubinstein is also the author of "L'Economie pour toutes", a book on the Economy written by and for women. READ MORE

Dorothée de Monfreid

November 18-24
Dorothée de Monfreid studied at the prestigious école des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Today she has authored and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most published by the children's publishing house L’école des loisirs. She is known for her tales of animals such as Coco the Elephant. Also a publisher of comics, Dorothée de Monfreid illustrates a series of comics each month in the newspaper Pomme d'Api. She will be visiting the US as part of the tour of authors and illustrators to celebrate the 50th anniversary of L'école des loisirs. READ MORE

Jean-Pierre Filiu

JAN 15-24, 2016
Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and Arabist, is associate professor at Sciences Po. A number of his works were recently published in the US, notably "Arab Revolution, Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising" , "Gaza", "From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy as well as the 2nd volume of the graphic novel "Best of Enemies" illustrated by David B. READ MORE

Matthieu Maudet

December 2015
Matthieu Maudet was born in Nantes, France, where he spent his early years sketching in the margins of his notebooks. Since then, he has dedicated himself entirely to illustrating comics and books for children. He will be visiting the US as part of the tour of authors and illustrators to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the French children's publishing house L'école des loisirs. READ MORE

Malika Ferdjoukh

December 2015
US Tour
Malika Ferdjoukh was born in 1957 in Algeria and has lived in Paris since she was a child. While a student at the Sorbonne, she often skipped classes in favor of watching films at the "ciné-club", where she absorbed the entirety of the American cinema, from westerns to detective films. Above all, however, Ferdjoukh is an unabashed lover of musicals and is able to belt out the most improbable of show tunes. READ MORE