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.

Lionel Ruffel

Jan. 22 - Feb 4, 2018
US TOUR
Lionel Ruffel is Department Head and Professor of Comparative Literature at Université Paris 8, where he has founded and continues to oversee the program in creative writing. Ruffel is the author of "Le Dénouement" (2005); "Volodine post-exotique" (2007); B"rouhaha, Worlds of the Contemporary" (2016 French, 2017, English). READ MORE

Juliette Volcler

January 25-30, 2018
US TOUR
Juliette Volcler is an independent researcher and sound curator. She is the author of two essays, "Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon" (The New Press, 2013) and "Contrôle: Comment s'inventa l'art de la manipulation sonore" (La Découverte / La rue musicale, 2017). She is the co-editor of Syntone.fr, a website dedicated to radio and sound art critique. READ MORE

Alex Alice

SEPT 2017
US TOUR

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.

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Anaïs Depommier

SEPT 2017
US TOUR
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

Yanick Lahens

SEPT 2017
US TOUR
Yanick Lahens is a major figure of Haitian literature. After attending university in France, she returned to Haiti, where she taught at the university in Port-au-Prince and worked for the Ministry of Culture. She is involved in numerous projects dedicated to the fight against illiteracy in Haiti, or the “Road to Slavery” project, focused on addressing the issue of slavery in Haiti through art and literature. Her fifth novel, Moonbath won the prestigious Prix Fémina in 2014. 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

Marie Darrieussecq

OCT 23 - NOV 5, 2017
US TOUR

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.

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Marguerite Abouet

ATLANTA OCT 25 - 29 | US TOUR OCT 30- NOV 5

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).

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Jean-Yves Camus

NOV 6-19
US TOUR
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
US TOUR
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
US TOUR
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

Édouard Louis

OCT-NOV 2017
US TOUR
Born in the North of France in the 90's, Édouard Louis is one of the most prominent young voices in the literary European landscape today. Compared to Jean Genet by The Paris Review, his work deals with class, sexuality and violence. His two first novels, The End of Eddy, and History of violence, got translated into more than 25 languages. He is also the editor of a scholarly work on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. His work appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and Freeman's. READ MORE

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