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.

Guy Delisle

May 2017
Canada & US

GUY DELISLE was born in Quebec City, Canada. His bestselling and acclaimed travelogues (Pyongyang, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Burma Chronicles, and Shenzhen) are defining works of graphic nonfiction, and in 2012, Delisle was awarded the top prize in European cartooning when the French edition of Jerusalem was named Best Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives in France with his wife and children.


Tiphaine Samoyault

April 2017
Tiphaine Samoyault is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. She is the author of numerous essays and novels including "Montre cassée, forme et signification d'un motif dans les arts du temps" (Verdier), "Météorologie du rêve" (Le Seuil), "Les Indulgences" (Le Seuil), "La Main négative" (éditions Argol), "Bête de cirque" (Le Seuil). Her "Barthes: A Biography," was just released by Polity books. READ MORE

Ivan Jablonka

April 2017
Ivan Jablonka is a French historian and novelist. A former student of Alain Corbin and Jean-Noël Luc, he is now a Professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord. His latest book, "Laëtitia ou La fin des hommes", received the 2016 Prix Médicis, the Prix Le Monde as well as the Prix des prix littéraires. His essay, "L'Histoire est une littérature contemporaine", will be published by Cornell University Press in the fall of 2017. READ MORE

Charif Majdalani

Spring 2017

Charif Majdalani, born in Lebanon in 1960, is often compared to a Lebanese Proust. Majdalani lived in France from 1980 to 1993 and now teaches French literature at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. The original French version of his novel Moving the Palace won the 2008 François Mauriac Prize from the Académie Française as well as the Prix Tropiques.

Selected Bibliography


Razmig Keucheyan

SPRING 2017 (March/April, exact dates TBC)
Razmig Keucheyan is an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He is the author of Le constructivisme. Des origines à nos jours and has recently edited a selection from Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks in French. READ MORE

Marion Bataille's US TOUR

January 25-February 11, 2017
US Tour

In partnership between Kids Trail and the Educational Affairs department of the French embassy.

Born in 1963 in Paris, Marion Bataille is a fantastically imaginative designer and a pionneer in pop-up books. A graduate from the Ecole supérieure d'arts graphiques, she started as a freelance graphic designer and a collage illustrator, and then became the artistic director of the cultural magazine Télérama.