The Parisian bookshop L’inpromptu is launching two new literary awards. To celebrate its three years of existence, it announced to consolidate its will to “promote literature in all its forms“with the creation of the impromptu prize for the first international novel and the impromptu prize for the Parisian novel.
For this first edition, eight titles are in the running in each category. The 4 finalists chosen by the jury will be put to the vote of the public. The finalists will be announced on Saturday 23 October, while the winners will receive their distinction on 4 December during the bookstore’s anniversary evening.
The eight books in the running for the Unexpected Prize for the first international novel:
- Milk teeth, by Helene Bukowski (Gallmeister)
- Make me proud, by Nicole Dennis-Benn (L’aube)
- Dead skin, by Natalie Garcia Freire (Christian Bourgois editor)
- Black Sunday, by Tola Rotimi Abraham (Otherwise)
- The anarchist who called himself after me, by Pablo Martin Sanchez (Zulma / La Contre Allée)
- Shuggie Bath, by Douglas Stuart (Globe)
- Jewish Cock, by Katharina Volckmer (Grasset)
- A brief moment of splendor, by Ocean Vuong (Gallimard)
The jury brings together the authors Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, Laurent Petitmangin, Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Agnès Vannouvong and the editor of the “La cosmopolite” collection of Stock editions, Léa Marty.
The eight titles in the running for the Unexpected Parisian Novel Prize:
- Surrender, by Séverine Danflous (Marest Editor)
- In the spring of watches, by Philippe Jaenada (Mialet-Barrault)
- Over the rainbow, by Constance Joly (Flammarion)
- So that I still love myself, by Maryam Madjidi (The New Attila)
- The heart and the chaos, by Jennifer Murzeau (Julliard)
- The fruits fall from the trees, by Florent Oiseau (Allary Editions)
- Family, by Suzanne Privat (Les Avrils)
- The slap, by Nicolas Robin (Anne Carrière)
The jury brings together novelists Sofia Aouine, Arnaud Dudek, Hugo Lindenberg, Sandrine Babu, manager of L’instant bookstore, and Clément Ribes, editorial director of Editions Christian Bourgois.
Third edition for the prize for the first francophone novel
Alongside the impromptu prize for the first international novel and the impromptu prize for the Parisian novel, the bookshop unveils the 2021 selection of its 3e price The impromptu of the first francophone novel. Eight works compete for the literary award.
The eight nominated for the impromptu prize for the first French-speaking novel:
- Here, Beringia, by Jeremie Brugidou (L’ogre)
- Let me join you, by Amina Damerdji (Gallimard)
- Love and violence, by Diana Filippova (Flammarion)
- So the, by Rebecca Gisler (Verdier)
- Large Crown, by Salomé Kiner (Bourgois)
- Mars Violet, by Oana Lohan (Les éditions du chemin de fer)
- Before the world closes, by Alain Mascaro (Otherwise)
- The garden city boys, by Dan Nisand (Les Avrils)
- Stereo, by Antoine Philias (From Ecuador)
- Blizzard, by Marie Vingtras (L’Olivier)
The jury is made up of members of the Compagnons de L’inpromptu association.
Created by Jérémy Derny in 2018, L’Impromptu is located rue Sedaine in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. The cultural establishment is installed on 77 m2, in a room of Semaest (mixed economy company of the city of Paris). It offers a general offer of 7,000 titles, with a strong representation in social sciences, but also stationery, and a café area.
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The bookshop L’inpromptu launches two new literary prizes