books & ideas / contests


Paris Fellowship for Canadian Publishers: The Results are Out!

“Books in Translation: a Paris Fellowship for Canadian Publishers”, a new initiative to promote literature in translation between Canada and France, has just found its very first Canadian fellows. Discover now who are the five Canadian publishers chosen by the jury!

Guy Delisle: an Exhibition, in Moncton, Québec and Toronto

In partnership with French publisher Delcourt and the Institut français, the cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada presents an exhibition about the Québécois author and illustrator Guy Delisle, in three Canadian cities throughout April and May: Moncton, Québec and Toronto.

TORONTO - 150th Years of Stories: A European Book Club

November 30, 2017 | 7PM
Full of Beans Coffee
The Toronto European Book Club is coming back in 2017 this February to put the spotlight on Europe’s literary legacy and its contemporary aftermath in today’s publishing, on the occasion of Canada's 150th Anniversary.

Drawn & Quarterly Receives a Publishing Grant from the Institut Français

The Montréal based Comic Books publisher Drawn & Quarterly was awarded a publishing grant by the Institut français for their forthcoming publication of "L'étrange".

Comic Book Artist Sandrine Revel Nominated for an Eisner Award

Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2017 Eisner Awards - the Oscars of the comic world - and the comic book French artist Sandrine Revel is shortlisted for the category Best Reality-Based Work, for her graphic novel about Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo.

Poet Abdellatif Laâbi Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize!

Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi is shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize – the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English, which may include works in translation. He will be invited to read in Toronto, with the six other finalists, on June 7.

CANADA - Comic Book Artists Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong Tour in May

Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong will kick off their Canadian Tour at Toronto Comics Art Festival, before going to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver for the VanCAF. Before coming back to France, they will do a last stop by Montréal, for the Festival de la bande-dessinée.

Commemoration VIMY - event and celebrations 2017

For the 2017 commemoration around the Vimy battle and the First World War, France would like to highlight the initiatives put in place.

Mathias Enard and Alain Mabanckou Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prize for books in translation, have selected two Francophone writers for their longlist: Mathias Enard for "Compass" and Alain Mabanckou for "Black Moses".

A Special Issue on Francophone Literary Journalism in the LJS Journal

The journal "Literary Journalism Studies" has dedicated its latest issue to Francophone literary journalism, its history, influences and legacies, from France to Canada and Belgium.

Cultural diplomacy platform

The Institut français and its five partners will be launching a Cultural Diplomacy Platform f