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Meet author François-Henri Désérable in the Midwest


Columbus, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis

Nov 7-17, 2023

After a two-month Villa Albertine residency in New York and at Ohio State University in Columbus working on his forthcoming novel, Meet French author François Henri Désérable in Columbus, Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis from November 7 to 17 for four public events (in French).

At 34 years old, ten years after publishing his first novel Tu monteras ma tête au peuple, François-Henri Désérable was awarded the “Grand Prix du roman” by the Académie française for “”Mon maître et mon vainqueur” (2021, Gallimard). In may 2023, his latest book titled “L’Usure d’un monde” follows a fourty-days trip in Iran from Téhéran to Baloutchistan, after the death of a 22-year-old student, Mahsa Amini, in 2022.

This autumn, Désérable’s residency with Villa Albertine between New York and Columbus, Ohio, will allow him to devote himself to his next novel, which tells the story of a man with an extraordinary palate. Born in India and raised in Burgundy, he spent his teenage years learning about the world of wine before moving to the United States, where he became the greatest forger of fine wines the world has ever known.

At the end of his residency, he is pleased to meet with audiences in Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis. Come and hear him talk about his work as an author, his career, his projects and his inspirations!

Dates :

Ohio State University – Center of Excellence Jules Verne Author Talk: November 7 at 4:00pm │Register

Alliance française of Chicago: November 14th at 6:30pm │Register

Maison française at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: November 16th, at 4pm │Register

Alliance française of Minneapolis: November 17th at 6pm │Register

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Editions Gallimard

Éditions Gallimard, founded by Gaston Gallimard in 1911, is one of the leading French book publishers. Its catalog consists of 36 Prix Goncourt winners, 38 writers who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and ten writers who have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.


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Center of Excellence – The Ohio State University

In December 2020, the Department of French and Italian at Ohio State University was selected by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States to join its prestigious network of Centers of Excellence. Housed at 22 major research universities in the US, Centers of Excellence receive yearly financial support and project-based support. The Center for Excellence at Ohio State aims to promote French and Francophone Literature and Culture in the Midwest. The Center’s main focus is the Jules Verne Writing Residency. The Residency provides a space of creation and reflection to a Francophone writer who works on a literary project during their time at OSU.


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