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.

Alex Alice

SEPT 2017
US TOUR

Alex Alice is a French graphic novel writer and artist, working in France and sometimes the U.S. Born in 1974, he grew up in the south of France and had the chance to travel around Europe, where he developed a life-long passion for the ruins and castles of the medieval and romantic ages. This infused his art, from the grim medieval setting of esoteric thriller "The Third Testament" (1997-2003, co-written with Xavier Dorison) to the primeval, mythic world of "Siegfried" (2007-2011), an operatic re-telling of the northern saga of the great dragon-slayer.

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Anaïs Depommier

SEPT 2017
US TOUR
Anaïs Depommier was born in the late 1980s in a small village in the Southeast of France. After graduating from the Émile-Cohl school in Lyon, she created a drawing workshopwhere regular life drawing classes and other exhibitions are held. She now lives in Rome and works in comics, graphics and animation design. READ MORE

Camille Laurens

SEPT 2017
US TOUR
Camille Laurens is a French author who received the Prix Femina, Prix Renaudot des Lycéens, and Le Prix Bourgogne de Littérature and recently came out with her novel "Who You Think I Am" (Other Press). READ MORE

Yanick Lahens

SEPT 2017
US TOUR
Yanick Lahens is a major figure of Haitian literature. After attending university in France, she returned to Haiti, where she taught at the university in Port-au-Prince and worked for the Ministry of Culture. She is involved in numerous projects dedicated to the fight against illiteracy in Haiti, or the “Road to Slavery” project, focused on addressing the issue of slavery in Haiti through art and literature. Her fifth novel, Moonbath won the prestigious Prix Fémina in 2014. READ MORE

Christophe Boltanski

Oct 23-30, 2017
US TOUR

Christophe Boltanski is the director of the French review XXI. Previously, he has worked for the daily le Progrès Egyptien, and the weekly L’Obs. He is the author of Chirac d’Arabie: Les mirages d’une politique française (Grasset) and Les Sept Vies de Yasser Arafat (Grasset).

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Farhad Khosrokhavar

Oct 23-29, 2017
EAST COAST
Farhad Khosrokhavar is a Professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences at the EHESS in Paris. An expert on contemporary Iran and Islam in France and the author of "Radicalization" (The New Press). READ MORE

Marie Darrieussecq

OCT 23 - NOV 5, 2017
US TOUR

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in the Basque country, in France. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and wrote her Ph.D. thesis on auto-fiction. She wrote her first novel Truismes in six weeks (1996). It was translated in 24 languages and was met with immediate worldwide success. It appeared in English translation in 1997 under the title Pig Tales. She has since published many works  published by the Editions P.O.L, six of which have been translated into English.

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Marguerite Abouet

ATLANTA OCT 25 - 29 | US TOUR OCT 30- NOV 5

Marguerite Abouet

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1971. At the age of twelve, she was sent with her older brother to study in France under the care of a great uncle. She currently lives in Romainville, a suburb of Paris, with her husband, illustrator Clément Oubrerie (who illustrates her graphic concepts), and their young son. She left her job as a legal assistant to concentrate on writing full-time, including her two follow-up graphic novels to Aya (Aya of Yop City and Aya: The Secrets Come Out).

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Jean-Yves Camus

NOV 6-19
US TOUR
Jean-Yves Camus is Director of the Observatoire des Radicalités Politiques (ORAP) at Fondation Jean Jaurès and Associate Fellow at Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), . His research interests include the contemporary Extreme-Right movements in Europe and the history of the relations between Russia and Radical Nationalist movements in Western Europe. He has contributed to Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship (edited by Marlène Laruelle, 2015) and has just published Far-Right Politics in Europe (with Nicolas Lebourg) at Harvard University Press (March 2017). READ MORE

Éric Chevillard

OCT 28 - NOV 5
EAST COAST ONLY

Éric Chevillard has received awards for several of his novels including La Nébuleuse du crabe in 1993, which won the Fénéon Prize for Literature. His books have been often classified under postmodern literature, playing on narration with fragmentation and paradox. He is known for his association with publishing house les Éditions de Minuit. His Prehistoric Times, translated by Alyson Waters, was published by Archipelago Books in 2012, and was a finalist of the Best Translated Book Award.

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Mathias Enard

OCT 28 - NOV 5 2017
US TOUR
Mathias Énard is the award-winning author of Zone and Street of Thieves, and a translator from Persian and Arabic. He won the Prix Goncourt in 2015 for Compass. READ MORE

Alain Supiot

MAR- APR 2018
US TOUR
Alain Supiot, is a legal Scholar, the founder of la Maison des sciences de l'Homme Ange Guépin, and co-founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies (l’Institut d’études avancées) in Nantes, which he currently presides over. In 2012, he was elected Chair of the «État social et mondialisation» at the Collège de France. Many of his essays have been published in English including The Spirit of Philadelphia (Verso), Homo Juridicus (Verso). His latest book La Gouvernance par les nombres (Fayard) will be published later on this year by Hart Publishing. READ MORE

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