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.

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

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

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

November 30 - December 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
US
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

Boubacar Boris Diop

April 27 - May 12, 2015
US

Born in 1946 in Dakar, Senegalese novelist, journalist and essayist Boubacar Boris Diop has established himself today as one of the most prominent contemporary Francophone writers. The Knight and His Shadow, published last January by Michigan University Press, is his second book translated in English, after Murambi, the Book of Bones, which stems from his stay in Kigali, Rwanda, in 1998, four years after the massacres.

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Jean-Christophe Rufin

Early May, 2015
New York, and North East
Jean-Christophe Rufin is a doctor, historian, novelist, and the former French Ambassador to Senegal and Gambia. Rufin has written historical and political essays, as well as science fiction and adventure novels. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Abyssinian, for which he won the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel in 1997 and Brazil Red, the winner of the 2001 Goncourt Prize. READ MORE

Annie Goetzinger

April 2015
Best-selling graphic novelist Annie Goetzinger, published in "Circus", "L'Écho des Savanes", "Fluide Glacial", "Métal Hurlant" and "Pilote" among other places, will participate in the 2015 edition of the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. Her latest graphic novel, "Girl In Dior", is the sweepingly beautiful docudrama of the life of Christian Dior, starting with the launch of his brand. READ MORE

Marie-Monique Robin

April 12-25, 2015
United States
Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She is the director and producer of more than thirty documentaries and investigative reports filmed in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Robin is the author of The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply (The New Press), Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick (The New Press) and The Photos of the Century: 100 Historic Moments (Taschen), among other works. READ MORE