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Albertine Prize 2018

Now in its second year, The Albertine Prize is a reader's choice award for French literature in English. 

Showcasing the diversity and inventiveness of contemporary French-language writing, the five books nominated for this year's Albertine Prize map a literary journey that encompasses a Congolese orphanage in the 1970s (Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou); a young man’s sexual awakening in a French factory town (The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis); artistic rapture in the Middle East (Compass, Mathias Énard); and interior explorations of love (Not One Day, Anne Garréta) and violation (Incest, Christine Angot).

Voting takes place online at Albertine.com through May 1, 2018. Participants may vote once for one or more of the 2018 shortlisted titles. Voters must provide an email address and vote from within the United States in order for their vote to register.  Voters are not required to read the entire selection of the books and they may vote for one or several titles.

April 12, 2018: Book Battle
May 1, 2018: Vote Ends
June 6, 2018: Award Ceremony
The Albertine Book Club, a monthly rendez-vous open to Albertine members and students, will focus on one of the nominated titles during each of its upcoming sessions. 

Discover all of the shortlisted titles and vote for your favorite before May 1st! 

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The Albertine Prize, co-presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, recognizes American readers’ favorite French-language fiction title that has been translated into English and distributed in the US within the preceding calendar year (January 1 through December 31, 2017).

The Albertine Prize selection committee is composed of the Albertine Prize Honorary Chairs, acclaimed author and translator Lydia Davis and French literary critic and TV and radio host François Busnel, the staff at the Albertine bookstore, and the Book Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. 

Readers are invited to discover a shortlist of five works and vote for their favorite titles before May 1, 2018. A $10,000 prize will be split between the author and translator of the winning title at a ceremony held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.