The jurors of the Renaudot Prize, announced this Monday, November 30, in the wake of the Goncourt Prize (awarded to Hervé Le Tellier for The Anomalies), chose to reward Marie-Hélène Lafon who was among the six finalists for her novel Son’s story.
It’s a journey of writing, editing, loyalty with a house that trusted someone who was completely unknown 19 years ago., commented, shortly after this announcement, Marie-Hélène Lafon, during an interview broadcast online by the specialized monthly Weekly Books .
I am all the more happy to have it that booksellers, more than ever this year, need the prices, she added.
On the testing side, it’s Dominique Fortier for Paper cities who wins the award.
Initially, scheduled for November 10, the members of the Goncourt Academy had decided to postpone the award ceremony, like that of Renaudot, in solidarity with the booksellers, forced to close due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
This year, again because of the health crisis, the names of the winners of the two literary prizes were announced by videoconference.
Five other authors were in the running for the Renaudot Prize 2020: the novelist Irène Frain for An unimportant crime, Hervé Le Tellier for The Anomalies, Étienne de Montety for The Great Trial, Anthony Palou for The Golden Sickle and Jean-Paul Enthoven for Which pleased Blanche.
Last year, the Renaudot jury chose Sylvain Tesson for La Parenthèse des neiges, an author who was not in the final selection.