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.

Olivia Rosenthal

Fall 2016
USA Tour

Olivia Rosenthal was born in Paris in 1965. She has published nine books since 1999, including Mes Petites Communautés (Éditions Verticales, 1999), Que font les rennes après Noël? (Éditions Verticales, 2010) and On n’est pas là pour disparaître (Éditions Verticales, 2007) which won the Prix Wepler and the Prix Pierre Simon. It is available in English as We're Not Here to Disappear, translated by Béatrice Mousli and published by Otis Books/Seismicity Editions.


Lewis Trondheim

April 2016
Lewis Trondheim is a French cartoonist, graphic novelist, and co-founder of the independent publishing group l'Association.Since "retiring" from the comic strip in 2004, Trondheim joined the editorial team at Delcourt, where he directs Shampooing, a comic collection aimed at younger readers. In total, he has written or been involved as a collaborator with nearly 150 graphic storytelling projects. In 2005, he was named Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, and in 2006, Trondheim was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. READ MORE

François Hartog

Spring 2016, April 18-23
François Hartog is a French historian and Chair of Modern and Antique Historiography at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. His most recent book to be published in English, "Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time", engages our “ways of relating to the past, present, and future.” READ MORE

Kettly Mars

April 4-21, 2016
USA tour

Kettly Mars was born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she resides today. After winnning the 1996 Jacques Stéphen Alexis Prize, her first major collection of poetry and short stories, Un parfum d'encens, was published in 1999. Since then, she has written several novels, including L'heure hybride (Vents d'ailleurs, 2005), Aux Frontières de la soif (Mercure de France, 2013), and Je suis vivant (Mercure de France, 2015).


Karim Miské

April-May 2016
USA tour
Arab Jazz is film director Karim Miské's first novel. He demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime. READ MORE

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