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.

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

Fall 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

Valérie Zenatti

Fall 2015
Valerie Zenatti was born in Nice in 1970. At the age of thirteen, she and her family moved to Israel. In 1988 she completed her required service in the Isreali military, an experience which inspired her to write When I Was a Soldier. In addition to her young adult novels, Zenatti has collaborated with illustrators to write picture books which have been published by L'école des loisirs. Ms. Zenatti will be visiting the US as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the publishign house L'école des loisirs. READ MORE

Dorothée de Monfreid

Fall 2015
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

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

Pierre Lemaitre

September 2015
Born in Paris in 1951, Pierre Lemaitre has established himself as a standout writer of the French contemporary roman noir genre. By the time he was awarded the Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, in 2013, for his novel Au revoir là-haut, he had seven books and numerous other awards under his belt. Au-revoir là-haut will be released in the US in time for the 2015 Brooklyn Book festival. READ MORE

Fiston Mwanza Mujila

September 20 - October 10
Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. His poems, prose works, and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His first novel, Tram 83, is a gripping story that unfolds in the heart of an eclectic crowd which is gathered at the train station of an imaginary African country’s capital. Mujila will tour in the United States to promote the publication Tram 83 in the US in Fall 2015. READ MORE