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.

François Hartog

Spring 2015, Dates TBC
François Hartog is a French historian and Chair of Modern and Antique Historiography at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. His most recent book to be published in English, "Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time", engages our “ways of relating to the past, present, and future.” READ MORE

Fariba Hachtroudi

February 2016
USA tour
Winner of the 2001 French Human Rights Prize, French-Iranian author Fariba Hachtroudi's English-language debut explores themes as old as time: the crushing effects of totalitarianism and the infinite power of love. READ MORE

Andreï Makine

April 2016

Andreï Makine is a Russian-born French author whose notable works include 1995's Dreams of My Russian Summers, the first book in French history to win both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Médicis in the same year, and his most recent novel, Brief Loves That Live Forever. In 2011, Makine confirmed a suspicion that he had published four books over the course of a decade under the pseudonym "Gabriel Osmonde".


Kettly Mars

April 2016
USA tour

Kettly Mars was born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she resides today. After winnning the 1996 Jacques Stéphen Alexis Prize, her first major collection of poetry and short stories, Un parfum d'encens, was published in 1999. Since then, she has written several novels, including L'heure hybride (Vents d'ailleurs, 2005), Aux Frontières de la soif (Mercure de France, 2013), and Je suis vivant (Mercure de France, 2015).


Karim Miské

April-May 2016
USA tour
Arab Jazz is film director Karim Miské's first novel. He demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime. READ MORE

Alban Cerisier

April 2-12, 2016
North East
Alban Cerisier is an archivist and historian specializing in the history of publishing. He has written several works on literary history, in addition to a book on the history of Gallimard, Histoire de La NRF, published in 2009. READ MORE

Colin Giraud

February 28 - March 15, 2016
USA tour
Colin Giraud is a sociology professor at the University of Nanterre. His research focuses on urban and gender sociology, with special interest in the sociopolitical effects of the reorganized Western metropolis. Quartiers gays, published in 2014, compiles his research on these subjects in France and North America. READ MORE

Elisabeth Lebovici

February 23, March 6, 2016
USA tour
Elisabeth Lebovici is a French art historian, critic, journalist, and lecturer at Sciences-Po in Paris. Her work grapples with gender and sexuality, as well as the relationships between feminism, queer theory, art history, and contemporary art. She is also the author of several monographs on contemporary artists and teaches at EHESS and Sciences-Po, Paris. READ MORE

Maylis de Kerangal

February / March 2016
USA tour
Maylis de Kerangal's last novel, The Heart, is published in USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her writing has been widely praised for its scope, originality, and use of language. The style of her prose is rich and innovative, playing with different registers (from highly literary to colloquial slang), inventing words, and playing with speed and tension through grammatical ellipsis and elision. 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

Jean-Pierre Filiu

JAN 15-24, 2016
EAST COAST:Washington, Boston & New York
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

Éric Fassin

PROGRAM FULL: NOV 30 - DEC 12, 2015
Éric Fassin is a professor of sociology in the Political Science Department and co-chair of the Gender Studies Department at Paris 8 University. His work focuses on contemporary sexual and racial politics, including immigration issues, in France, in Europe, and in the United States – often in a comparative perspective. He is frequently involved in the French public debates on issues his work addresses – from “gay marriage” and gender parity, to the politics and policies of immigration and race, as well as the evolution of the left. READ MORE