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.

Marianne Rubinstein

November 2-13, 2015
Marianne Rubinstein is an Associate Professor of Economics at Université Paris 7. She has written a number of essays, as well as novels for both children and adults. In 2002, she published "Tout le monde n’a pas la chance d’être orphelin", an essay on the children of orphans of the Shoah. In "C’est maintenant du passé", published in 2009, she further explores the subject of the Shoah and recounts the story of her father’s family. Rubinstein is also the author of "L'Economie pour toutes", a book on the Economy written by and for women. READ MORE

Malika Ferdjoukh

December 2015
US Tour
Malika Ferdjoukh was born in 1957 in Algeria and has lived in Paris since she was a child. While a student at the Sorbonne, she often skipped classes in favor of watching films at the "ciné-club", where she absorbed the entirety of the American cinema, from westerns to detective films. Above all, however, Ferdjoukh is an unabashed lover of musicals and is able to belt out the most improbable of show tunes. READ MORE

Sylvie Tissot

OCT 23 - NOV 7, 2015
Sylvie Tissot is a French sociologist and feminist activist. She teaches political science at the Université de Vincennes-Saint Denis-Paris VIII. As an activist Tissot has objected the laws, policies, and restrictions imposed on migrants and protested the policy of ”double peine” (deportation following Incarceration). She is a critic of the 2004 French law forbidding conspicuous religious symbols in public schools, and has fought for marriage equality and equal parental rights for same-sex couples. READ MORE

Jean-Pierre Filiu

JAN 15-24, 2016
Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and Arabist, is associate professor at Sciences Po. A number of his works were recently published in the US, notably "Arab Revolution, Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising" , "Gaza", "From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy as well as the 2nd volume of the graphic novel "Best of Enemies" illustrated by David B. READ MORE

Beatrice Alemagna

October 2015
New York City
Beatrice is self-thaught. She never attended a school of illustration. As a baby, she used to hide picture-books under her pillow. At five, she built her own books and at 8 she decided to become a writer and illustrator of children’s books. READ MORE

Réjane Sénac

November 5-14
Réjane Sénac is a CNRS researcher at the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po (CEVIPOF) and a lecturer at Sciences Po. She is a member of PRESAGE, the steering committee for the research and lectures program on gender studies at Sciences Po. She is the President of the parity commission for the Haut Conseil de l’Egalité entre les femmes et les hommes, the high council for equality established by the French Prime Minister’s office. READ MORE

Sandra Laugier

April 2-16, 2016
Sandra Laugier is Professor of Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France, and Senior member of Institut Universitaire de France. Laugier is the translator of Stanley Cavell’s work in French and is specialized in Ordinary Language Philosophy, Ethics, American Philosophy and gender studies. She is the author of many books including: "Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy", "Recommencer la philosophie, Cavell et la philosophy américaine", and "Le principe démocratie", with A. Ogien. READ MORE

Antonio Casilli

October 22-31, 2015
Antonio Casilli is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at Telecom ParisTech and Research Fellow in sociology at the Edgar Morin Center at the EHESS. He conducts research on digital cultures and critical digital humanities; privacy, censorship, and freedom of expression online; the body and computer-mediated health behaviors; social network analysis and agent-based simulation for social science. READ MORE

Matthieu Maudet

December 2015
Matthieu Maudet was born in Nantes, France, where he spent his early years sketching in the margins of his notebooks. Since then, he has dedicated himself entirely to illustrating comics and books for children. He will be visiting the US as part of the tour of authors and illustrators to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the French children's publishing house L'école des loisirs. READ MORE

Gilles Leroy

Fall 2015
Gilles Leroy was born in Bagneux, France in 1958. After studying experimental science in high school, Leroy went on to study literature, eventually obtaining a master’s degree. He then took to learning through travel and immersing himself in American and Japanese literature. The American novel became a major influence for Leroy and influenced his decision to begin writing. Among his most notable works are L’Amant russe (2002), Grandir (2004), and Champsecret (2005). READ MORE

Marc Dugain

Fall 2015
Marc Dugain was born in 1957 in Senegal, where his father was stationed at that time, eventually returning to France with his family at the age of 7. After receiving his diploma from l’Institut d’études politiques in Grenoble, Dugain worked in finance before becoming an entrepreneur in the sector of aeronautics. It wasn't until the age of thirty-five that Dugain began his literary career, and even before then he had written very little in his life. Since then he has written several novels and received numerous literary prizes. READ MORE

Dorothée de Monfreid

November 18-24
Dorothée de Monfreid studied at the prestigious école des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Today she has authored and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most published by the children's publishing house L’école des loisirs. She is known for her tales of animals such as Coco the Elephant. Also a publisher of comics, Dorothée de Monfreid illustrates a series of comics each month in the newspaper Pomme d'Api. She will be visiting the US as part of the tour of authors and illustrators to celebrate the 50th anniversary of L'école des loisirs. READ MORE