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.

Julia Deck

December 2-9 2014
United States

Julia Deck became an overnight literary sensation when Viviane was published in France in 2012. Viviane is one of very few debut novels to come out of the major French publishing house Les Editions de Minuit in a generation. Critics have praised the murder mystery for its gripping plot and compelling psychological insight.

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Louis Rigaud

October 2014
US tour
Louis Rigaud graduated at the school of Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in 2009. Since then, he has been working as a graphic and multimedia designer. In addition to websites, he creates and develops interactive games. Together with Anouck Boisrobert, they design pop-up books for children. Central to Louis Rigaud’s work is his will to create playful objects with surprising and interactive elements for all audiences. READ MORE

Jean-Godefroy Bidima

September, 2014
New York
A professor of French and Francophone Studies at Tulane University (New Orleans), Jean-Godefroy Bidima is the author of Law and the Public Sphere in Africa. The book examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. READ MORE

Lola Lafon

October 13-26 2014
US tour
Lola Lafon, with a French, Russian and Polish background, was raised in the equally diverse cities of Bucharest, Sofia and Paris. Her first three novels tackle several ideological themes such as capitalism, antifascism, utopia or feminism. Lola Lafon is politically engaged in several collectives, addressing feminist questions and concerns, among others. READ MORE

Marie-Laure Cruschi

November 2014 (Exact dates TBC)
US Tour
Marie-Laure Cruschi is a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer. Alumnae of both Ecole Estienne and Arts Décoratifs of Paris, she now works as an artistic designer for various communication agencies. The work of Marie-Laure Cruschi (alias Cruschiform) lies at the intersection of art, graphic design, illustration and typography. Sensitive to color and geometric modular designs, she enjoys experimenting with various graphic devices in playful, poetic and sometimes even didactic manners, creating narrative universes that are perpetually in renewal. READ MORE

Marc Crépon

October 23 - November 03-04, 2014
Mid-West
After attending Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and receiving his agrégation, Marc Crépon taught philosophy at Nanterre University before moving to the USSR for two years. This extended stay abroad greatly influenced his pedagogical approach and philosophical reflections, in which he developed most of his ideas on relations between political and linguistic communities. His research focuses on components of linguistic communities in French and German philosophy from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and also on contemporary political and moral philosophy READ MORE

Philippe Vasset

November 02-12 2014
US Tour
Philippe Vasset was raised in Orléans, a city whose geography and architecture captivated his imagination. Reading popular novels, spy novels and science-fiction novels here greatly influenced his career and writing choices. Vasset's most recent work, La Conjuration (published in 2013 by Fayard) recounts a cult’s treacherous journey through secret Parisian passageways. From “zones blanches” to modern religious cults, Vasset’s fictions are non-standard and go beyond literary genres; molded by reality, their author calls them “exofiction”. READ MORE

Oliver Rohe

October 30-November 14, 2014
US tour
Oliver Rohe wrote three novels and a fictional biography. He is the founding member of the Inculte publishing house, for which he has co-directed several essays and collective position papers, but also writes segments for France Culture’s radio program and collaborates with many periodicals and magazines. READ MORE

Arthur de Pins

November 2014
US tour
Arthur de Pins is a French illustrator and comic book author, born in 1977. Before turning to illustration for advertising and media productions, Arthur de Pins began his career with cartoons and has made three short films, TV pilots, and character designs. READ MORE

Barbara Cassin

October 17-November 1, 2014
US Tour
Barbara Cassin is Doctor of Philosophy and Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. A program Director at the International College of Philosophy, she is also Director of its Scientific Council and member of its Board of Directors. After Michel Deguy and since January 2011, she has ensured its presidency. READ MORE

Françoise Vergès

PROGRAM FULL | November 10-22, 2014
US Tour
Françoise Vergès is a consulting Professor at Goldsmiths College and the author of 10 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
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