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.
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.READ MORE
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