European Literature presents its first selection of books that compete for three prizes

“We are very attached to having different reading committees…

“We are very attached to having different reading committees for each award and many readers. Our prices are not the choice of two or three brains”, defends Lydia Dussauze, president of the LEC association. “This allows us to not be on the surface,” says festival programmer Sophie Léonard.

If the 2022 program has not yet been decided, what is certain is that all the authors already shortlisted will come to Cognac in November, at the time of the festival, invited to participate in interviews, debates, meetings with the public, readings, activities and exhibitions. juveniles.

10 schools to choose the price of Alé

Once again, 10 classes from 10 schools from the two Charentes will have to choose the Alé award! (European teenage readers) among three children’s books (see box) dealing with exploration, travel, colonization, etc., topics related to Portugal. Each class will receive a set of three books to share and read beginning in September. The selection of the three books that compete for the prize for high school students (Jean Monnet prize for young Europeans) has preserved novels that differ in form and style (see box), written by authors of three different nationalities. Nueva Aquitania will offer each high school student who participates in the jury a set of books. Lastly, for the Readers’ Prize, the oldest of the three (created nineteen years ago), the media libraries of the four departments of the former Poitou-Charentes, a pool of 130 libraries, are working. The four selected books are signed by Portuguese authors.

This award is endowed with 1,500 euros and one month of residence at Villa Yourcenar. This is also the case for the Jean Monnet prize, financed by the Departmental Council of Charente (5,000 euros). A work and a writer are awarded. And there, the selection is entrusted to a jury made up of writers, critics and journalists. A first list will be released in early summer.

The ten best books in the race

Ale price! (European teenage readers). “Hell”, by Marin Ledun (Inu8 editions). “Carnations for Antigone”, by Charlotte Bousquet (Scrineo). “Alma, the wind rises”, by Timothée de Fombelle (Youth of Gallimard).
Jean Monnet Award for Young Europeans (high school students). “The Survivors”, by the Swedish Alex Schulman (Albin Michel). “Élise sur les chemins”, by the French Bérangère Cournut (Le Tripode). “The son of a thousand men”, by the Portuguese Valter Hugo Mae (Métailié).
Readers Award. “The bees under the skin”, by David Machado (Editions de l’Aube). “Notebook of Colonial Memories”, by Isabela Figueiredo (Chandeigne). “The books that devoured my father”, by Afonso Cruz (Les Allusifs). “House of Cards”, by Miguel Szymanski (Agullo).


David Machado, the author, was born in Lisbon in 1978. His novels are published by Éditions de l’Aube.

In the race for the 2022 European Literature Readers’ Prize

Isabela Figueiredo was born in Maputo, Mozambique in 1963 to Portuguese parents.  “Notebooks of Colonial Memories” is her first book, which is already her tenth reissue.

Isabela Figueiredo was born in Maputo, Mozambique in 1963 to Portuguese parents. “Notebooks of Colonial Memories” is her first book, which is already her tenth reissue.

In the race for the 2022 European Literature Readers’ Prize

Afonso Cruz was born in 1971. This book is his second, the first,

Afonso Cruz was born in 1971. This book is his second, the first, “Kokoschka’s doll” won the European Union Prize in 2012.

In the race for the 2022 European Literature Readers’ Prize

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