The Literary Council of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation met in Paris at La Dame de Pic restaurant to draw up a shortlist of authors under consideration for the Literary Prize, which recognises a renowned French-speaking writer for the whole of his or her work.
The jury chose:
Christian Bobin - Linda Lê - Pierre Michon - Jean Rouaud
Also selected for the Discovery Grant, a prize awarded to a French-speaking author for a first work of fiction, were:
Christine Barthe for Que va-t-on faire de Knut Hamsun (What are We Going to Do with Knut Hamsun*), Editions Robert Laffont
Jérôme Bastianelli for La vraie vie de Vinteuil (The Real Life of Vinteuil), Editions Grasset
Grégory Le Floch for Dans la forêt du hameau de Hardt (In the Forest of the Hamlet of Hardt), Editions de l’Ogre
Joseph Ponthus for A la ligne (To the Line), Editions Table Ronde
Sylvain Ouillon for Les jours (The Days), Editions Gallimard
All these books will be the subject of the forthcoming Reading Marathon, to be launched on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Monaco Multimedia Library.
The winners of the Literary Prize and Discovery Grant will be announced at the Foundation's Prize Announcement Ceremony on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at the Salle Garnier.
*Translations of book titles provided for information purposes only.