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The Third Annual US Goncourt Prize Selection Ceremony

Books & Ideas

(c) Aaron Burden

In honor of France’s prominent literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France and Villa Albertine have partnered with the Académie Goncourt and the French Embassy’s Centers of Excellence to present the US Goncourt Prize Selection.

Established for the first time in 1998 in Poland and now in 40 countries, the International Goncourt Selection is a global literary barometer to gauge how the Goncourt Prize’s shortlisted titles resonate with young audiences from around the world.  The selection additionally serves a dual purpose of promoting French and Francophone contemporary literary works in their original language and encouraging the translation and publication of selected titles in English.

As part of the 2024 selection committee, students from 10 American universities study the four books shortlisted in the latest Prix Goncourt selection over the course of months. This year, the participating universities include, Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, University of Florida, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Explore the 2024 shortlisted books:

The winner of the third edition of the US Goncourt Prize Selection will be announced on Sunday, April 21, during a public ceremony at Villa Albertine’s headquarters in New York hosted by Honorary Chair David Diop.


Louise Quantin,

Books & Ideas Attachée

Valentine Richet,

Program Officer: Fiction, Comics & Children’s Books

In partnership with

Académie Goncourt

The Académie Goncourt was founded by French writer Edmond de Goncourt. At his death in 1896 he willed that his assets be used to support this literary society, helping to ensure that each year ten writers would award an annual prize to a “work of great imagination in prose”. The Goncourt Prize (Prix Goncourt), first awarded in 1903, quickly grew into a mark of great prestige, launching winning authors into major domestic and international success. On November 3, 2022, the “Academy of Ten” will announce the 120th Goncourt Prize.


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