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.
Pap Ndiaye is a historian, specializing in the social history of the United States with a focus on its minorities. He holds a doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) where he was a lecturer before being selected in 2012 as Professor at the Institut d' Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a member of the Center for North American Studies and of the editorial board of the journal History.READ MORE
Antoine Volodine is the principal pseudonym of a French novelist, born in 1950 in Chalon-sur-Saône and raised in Lyon, who has published twenty books under this name, several of which are available in English translation. After studying literature, Volodine taught Russian for 15 years, and has devoted himself to writing and translating since 1987. He began publishing novels as part of a science-fiction series at Éditions Denoël, meanwhile declaring that his books were not science-fiction.READ MORE
Born in 1963 in Paris, Marion Bataille is a fantastically imaginative designer and a pionneer in pop-up books. A graduate from the Ecole supérieure d'arts graphiques, she started as a freelance graphic designer and a collage illustrator, and then became the artistic director of the cultural magazine Télérama.READ MORE
Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier is a queer activist and theorist. He teaches cultural studies, queer and gender studies at the University of Lille.
Bourcier is a self-described "baby of French poststructuralism." He is the translator of Monique Wittig and Teresa de Lauretis and one of the first thinkers to have introduced queer theory in France. From September 2000 to June 2001, Bourcier was a visiting post-doctoral Fulbright scholar at New York University.READ MORE
Ananda Devi is a novelist and scholar born in Trois-Boutiques, Mauritius in 1957. She has lived in Ferney-Voltaire, France (near Geneva) since 1989, after having spent some years in Congo-Brazzaville. As an ethnologist--she holds a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of London--and a translator, Devi is sensitive to the interconnection between identites and languages. Choosing to write in French, her novels and short stories also incorporate Creole and Hindi.READ MORE
Zahia Rahmani was born in Algeria in 1962, and now lives in Paris and the Oise region of France. In Paris, she studied literature and art history, concentrating on modern and contemporary art. After writing her masters thesis on Robert Rauschenberg, she left France to work with Léo Castelli in New York in 1988-1989. On returning to France, she continued to study aesthetics and worked in various locations important to contemporary art, such as the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, the École des Beaux Arts de Nice and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris.READ MORE
Anne Simon is a French artist and illustrator who began her illustrious career as a student at the Beaux-Arts in Angoulême and then at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 2004, she received the “New Talent” prize at Angoulême's International Comics Festival.READ MORE
Lola Lafon, with a French, Russian and Polish background, was raised in the equally diverse cities of Bucharest, Sofia and Paris. Her first love was dance, but then she turned to writing. Her first three novels were published by Flammarion. These titles were nominated for several French literary awards, and tackle several ideological themes such as capitalism, antifascism, utopia or feminism.READ MORE