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.

Antoine Volodine

October 11-18, 2016
WEST COAST

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.

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Zahia Rahmani

August 25-December 20, 2016
New York
Zahia Rahmani has 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. She has also notably worked with Léo Castelli in New York in 1988-1989 and currently directs a research program at the Institut national d'Histoire de l'art. She is the author of "Moze", ""Musulman" Roman" and "France, Récit d'une enfance". Her "France, Story of a childhood" was just released by Yale University Press, (Translation by Lara Vergnaud). She will be a visiting professor at the NYU Gallatin Faculty in the Fall of 2016. READ MORE

Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier

November 5-17, 2016
Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier is a queer activist and theorist. He teaches cultural studies, queer and gender studies at the University of Lille. He is the author of the "Queer Zones trilogy: Queer Zones 1, Politique des identités sexuelles et des savors" (2001), "Queer Zones 2, Sexpolitiques" (2005), "Queer Zones 3, Identités, Cultures, Politiques" (2011) and "Comprendre le féminisme" (2012). His "Homo Inc : The Triangle and the Unicorn" is forthcoming. READ MORE

Vinciane Despret

October 29-November 8, 2016
US TOUR
Vinciane Despret grew up Belgium, where she is now professor of philosophy at the University of Liège. Her body of work is at the intersection of ethology and human psychology, and she is interested in the political consequences of our theoretical choices. A fundamental thinker in the field of animal studies, she has won multiple awards, including the Prix des Humanités Scientifiques granted by Sciences Po and the Prix du Fonds international Wernaers. READ MORE

Ananda Devi

September 16-30, 2016

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.

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Lola Lafon

October 20- November 6
Toronto - New York - San Francisco
Lola Lafon, with a French, Russian and Polish background, was raised in the equally diverse cities of Bucharest, Sofia and Paris. Her first three novels tackle several ideological themes such as capitalism, antifascism, utopia or feminism. Lola Lafon is politically engaged in several collectives, addressing feminist questions and concerns, among others. READ MORE