Frankfurt, 23 March 2017 – Today, at Leipzig Book Fair, Paul de Sinety, Chairman of „Francfort en français / Frankfurt auf Französisch“ and Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, announced more names of French-speaking authors who will participate in France’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurter Buchmesse (11-15 October 2017).
The first 30 authors were already revealed on the occasion of the Berlin International Film Festival in February. In addition, the following authors and illustrators were announced today:
Zeina Abichared, Albertine, Ramona Badescu, Pénélope Bagieu, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Rachid Benzine, Stephanie Blake, Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Christophe Boltanski, Anne-Laure Bondoux, Marc Boutavant, Michel Bussi, Roland Buti, Olivier Cadiot, Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, Barbara Cassin, Hélène Cixous, Didier Conrad, Kitty Crowther, Boris Cyrulnik, Kamel Daoud, Guy Delisle, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, Sophie Divry, Didier Eribon, Didier Fassin, Christine Féret-Fleury, Jean-Yves Ferri, Michaël Foessel, Thimothée de Fombelle, Etienne François, Emmanuel Guibert, Michel Houellebecq, Nancy Huston, Joseph Incardona, Laurent Jeanpierre, Maylis de Kerangal, Yasmina Khadra, Pascale Kramer, Julia Kristeva, Benjamin Lacombe, Fouad Laroui, Bruno Latour, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Sabri Louatah, Douna Loup, Wilfrid Lupano, Edouard Manceau, Kettly Mars, Mathias Menegoz, Catherine Meurisse, Pierre Michon, Catherine Millet, Céline Minard, Marie NDiaye, Aurélie Neyret, Frédéric Pajak, Anne Percin, Léonor de Récondo, Yasmina Reza, Mathieu Riboulet, Thomas Römer, Olivier Rolin, Daniel de Roulet, Riad Sattouf, Émilie de Turckheim, Marie-Jeanne Urech, David Vandermeulen, Delphine de Vigan, Frédéric Worms, Yoann, Valérie Zenatti, ZEP and Germano Zullo.
Paul de Sinety: “With the strong representation of crime writers in Leipzig, the numerous authors who have been invited to Germany and with the announcement of more writers who will be present at the Frankfurter Buchmesse we present our whole literary spectrum to the German public. I am happy about the current discussions on children’s books, graphic novels, humanities, poetry and literature and am looking forward to those to come.”
Juergen Boos: “The French-speaking contemporary literature has many origins. In a few months, we will welcome authors in Frankfurt who call different parts of the world their home. They were born in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. However, they all have found their ‘intellectual home’ within the French language. At the Frankfurter Buchmesse we will take part in a vivid exchange that will move beyond borders.”
France’s presentation as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse (11-15 October 2017) is going to be the highlight of the French cultural year, which extends all over Germany with a rich and interdisciplinary programme of events organised by the Institut français Germany. In 2017, more than 450 events will take place under the label “Francfort en français / Frankfurt in French”. They include theatre, contemporary music, visual arts, cinema, literary meetings and many more, with 250 French-speaking artists and 75 authors. Prior to the Frankfurter Buchmesse, cultural highlights can be expected, such as the cooperation between the crime literature festival Quai du Polar Lyon and the Leipzig Book Fair, as well as the authors’ “Tour d’Allemagne“, beginning in Düsseldorf, where also the Tour de France has its starting point.
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