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.

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.


Louis Rigaud

October 2014
US tour
Louis Rigaud graduated at the school of Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in 2009. Since then, he has been working as a graphic and multimedia designer. In addition to websites, he creates and develops interactive games. Together with Anouck Boisrobert, they design pop-up books for children. Central to Louis Rigaud’s work is his will to create playful objects with surprising and interactive elements for all audiences. READ MORE

Jean-Godefroy Bidima

September, 2014
New York
A professor of French and Francophone Studies at Tulane University (New Orleans), Jean-Godefroy Bidima is the author of Law and the Public Sphere in Africa. The book examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. READ MORE

Barbara Cassin

October 17-November 1, 2014
US Tour
Barbara Cassin is Doctor of Philosophy and Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. A program Director at the International College of Philosophy, she is also Director of its Scientific Council and member of its Board of Directors. After Michel Deguy and since January 2011, she has ensured its presidency. READ MORE