FHS is pleased to announce its inaugural French Heritage Literary Award, an initiative launched this year in light of FHS’ 35th Anniversary. Through this award, FHS will recognize and honor a work of literary, scholarly or aesthetic distinction that illuminates either an important element of French cultural or historical patrimony (especially but not solely in the domains of architecture, décor, couture, gardening and the arts) or the influence France, its citizens and its culture have had in shaping American history, thought and culture.
The five shortlisted books for the inaugural French Heritage Literary Award are: “Versailles and the American Revolution” by Valerie Bajou, “Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette” by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, “When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation” by Francois Furstenberg, “Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History” by Rhonda K. Garelick, and “The Other Paris” by Luc Sante.
Our esteemed jury is comprised of: Laura Auricchio, Professor of Art History at Parsons School of Design; Tom Bishop, Florence Lacaze Gould Professor of French Literature and the Director of the Center for French Civilization and Culture at NYU; Robert Couturier, acclaimed interior designer; Anne Poulet, Director Emerita of The Frick Collection; and Elaine Sciolino, contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times.
The winning author will be announced at the ceremony and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. During the event, the winner will be interviewed by Caroline Weber, followed by an audience Q&A session. Caroline Weber is Associate Professor of French at Barnard College as well as the acclaimed author of several works, including “Terror and its Discontents: Suspect Words and the French Revolution,” “Fragments of Revolution,” and “Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution.”
Colony Club, 6:00 pm cocktail reception, followed by the award ceremony and a celebratory dinner.
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