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.

Alex Alice

SEPT 2017

Alex Alice is a French graphic novel writer and artist, working in France and sometimes the U.S. Born in 1974, he grew up in the south of France and had the chance to travel around Europe, where he developed a life-long passion for the ruins and castles of the medieval and romantic ages. This infused his art, from the grim medieval setting of esoteric thriller "The Third Testament" (1997-2003, co-written with Xavier Dorison) to the primeval, mythic world of "Siegfried" (2007-2011), an operatic re-telling of the northern saga of the great dragon-slayer.


Anaïs Depommier

SEPT 2017
Anaïs Depommier was born in the late 1980s in a small village in the Southeast of France. After graduating from the Émile-Cohl school in Lyon, she created a drawing workshopwhere regular life drawing classes and other exhibitions are held. She now lives in Rome and works in comics, graphics and animation design. READ MORE

Camille Laurens

SEPT 2017
New York, Chicago, St Louis, Minneapolis
Camille Laurens is a French author who received the Prix Femina, Prix Renaudot des Lycéens, and Le Prix Bourgogne de Littérature and recently came out with her novel "Who You Think I Am" (Other Press). READ MORE

Christophe Boltanski

Oct 23-30, 2017
PROGRAM FULL: New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston
Christophe Boltanski is the director of the French review XXI. Previously, he has worked for the daily le Progrès Egyptien, and the weekly L’Obs. He is the author of "Minerais de sang", "Chirac d’Arabie: Les mirages d’une politique française" and Les Sept Vies de Yasser Arafat (Grasset). He was the recipient of the 2015 Prix Femina for his novel "La Cache" (Stock), soon to be published by the University of Chicago Press. READ MORE

Farhad Khosrokhavar

Oct 23-29, 2017
PROGRAM FULL: New York, Washington, Chicago
Farhad Khosrokhavar is a Professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences at the EHESS in Paris. An expert on contemporary Iran and Islam in France and the author of "Radicalization" (The New Press). READ MORE

Marie Darrieussecq

OCT 23 - NOV 5, 2017

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in the Basque country, in France. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and wrote her Ph.D. thesis on auto-fiction. She wrote her first novel Truismes in six weeks (1996). It was translated in 24 languages and was met with immediate worldwide success. It appeared in English translation in 1997 under the title Pig Tales. She has since published many works  published by the Editions P.O.L, six of which have been translated into English.


Marguerite Abouet


Marguerite Abouet

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1971. At the age of twelve, she was sent with her older brother to study in France under the care of a great uncle. She currently lives in Romainville, a suburb of Paris, with her husband, illustrator Clément Oubrerie (who illustrates her graphic concepts), and their young son. She left her job as a legal assistant to concentrate on writing full-time, including her two follow-up graphic novels to Aya (Aya of Yop City and Aya: The Secrets Come Out).


Jean-Yves Camus

NOV 6-19
Jean-Yves Camus is Director of the Observatoire des Radicalités Politiques (ORAP) at Fondation Jean Jaurès and Associate Fellow at Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), . His research interests include the contemporary Extreme-Right movements in Europe and the history of the relations between Russia and Radical Nationalist movements in Western Europe. He has contributed to Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship (edited by Marlène Laruelle, 2015) and has just published Far-Right Politics in Europe (with Nicolas Lebourg) at Harvard University Press (March 2017). READ MORE

Mathias Enard

OCT 28 - NOV 5 2017
Mathias Énard is the award-winning author of Zone and Street of Thieves, and a translator from Persian and Arabic. He won the Prix Goncourt in 2015 for Compass. READ MORE

Alain Supiot

APR 8-21, 2018
Alain Supiot, is a legal Scholar, the founder of la Maison des sciences de l'Homme Ange Guépin, and co-founder of the Institute for Advanced Studies (l’Institut d’études avancées) in Nantes, which he currently presides over. In 2012, he was elected Chair of the «État social et mondialisation» at the Collège de France. Many of his essays have been published in English including The Spirit of Philadelphia (Verso), Homo Juridicus (Verso). His latest book La Gouvernance par les nombres (Fayard) will be published later on this year by Hart Publishing. READ MORE

Françoise Vergès

Fall 2017
US Tour
Françoise Vergès is a consulting Professor at Goldsmiths College and the author of 13 books. She has published extensively on postcolonial theory, creolization, psychoanalysis, slavery and the economy of predation and Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire. She has directed two movies on the great Caribbean authors Aimé Césaire and Maryse Condé and organized a few exhibitions at the Louvre on slavery and women. READ MORE