The first selection of the Booksellers in Seine 2022 prize

The association of independent bookstores in western Paris is launching the 10and edition of its Libraires en Seine prize, the only independent prize made up of booksellers and readers. The association’s booksellers selected 32 reading favorites published this year and chose a second time Valentine Goby, author of Kinderzimmer, for sponsor of the prize.

With four titles, Actes Sud is the best-represented publisher. There are also a few award-winning books this fall, such as Mahmoud or the rising waters, by Antoine Wauters, The most secret memory of men, by Mohammed Mbougar Sarr, Mrs Hayat, by Ahmet Altan, The Demon of Wolf Hill, by Dimitri Rouchon-Borie, Furies, by Julie Ruocco, The children of the Volga, by Gouzel Iakhina, or My husband, by Maud Ventura.

The 32 favorites:

  • In broken places, by Pauline Harmange (Fayard)
  • With Bas Jan Ader, by Thomas Giraud (La contre alle?e)
  • In the dream house, by Carmen Maria Machado (Bourgois)
  • Last Oasis, by Charif Majdalani (Actes Sud)
  • Furies, by Julie Ruocco (Actes Sud)
  • Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell (Belfond)
  • Fire index, by Antoine Desjardins (La Peuplade)
  • the friend, by Tiffany Tavernier (Sabine Wespieser)
  • The eternal fiance? , by Agne?s Desarthe (L’Olivier)
  • The great valley, by Edouard Bureau (Lecherche midi)
  • The night of adventurers, by Nicolas Chaudun (Plon)
  • The most secret memory of men, by Mohammed Mbougar Sarr (Philippe Rey)
  • The Demon of Wolf Hill, by Dimitri Rouchon-Borie (The Tripod)
  • The scent of ashes, by Marie Mangez (Finitude)
  • The laughter of the goddesses, by Ananda Devi (Grasset)
  • stone face, by William Gardner Smith (Bourgois)
  • The children of the Volga, by Gouzel Iakhina (Black on White)
  • The flights, by Etienne Kern (Gallimard)
  • fire throwers, by Jan Carson (Sabine Wespieser)
  • The falling shadows, by Christophe Guay-Poliquin (La Peuplade)
  • When the last tree, by Michael Christie (Albin Michel)
  • Mrs Hayat, by Ahmet Altan (Actes Sud)
  • Mahmoud or the rising waters, by Antoine Wauters (Verdier)
  • Mamba Point Blues, by Christophe Naigeon (Presses de la Cité?)
  • Moped, by Frederic Ploussard (He?loise d’Ormesson)
  • Mohican, by Eric Fottorino (Gallimard)
  • My husband, by Maud Ventura (The Iconoclast)
  • Rabalai?re, by Alain Guiraudie (POL)
  • Nothing belongs to you, by Nathacha Appanah (Gallimard)
  • siderations, by Richard Powers (Actes Sud)
  • six feet on the ground, by Antoine Dole (Robert Laffont)
  • Ultramarines, by Mariette Navarro (Quidam)

Six finalists will be announced in January after a vote by the association’s booksellers. 800 readers will take over to choose their favorite novel. The winner will be announced, during the month of June, a? the occasion of the great festival of Booksellers in the Seine.

In 2021, between big cats by Colin Niel (Rouergue) won the Booksellers in Seine prize, Hiroki’s game by Eric Senabre at Didier jeunesse for that of the P’tits Bouquineurs en Seine and The city without wind, by Elénore Villeppoix (Hachette novels), for that of Bouquineurs en Seine.

Created in 2012, the Libraires en Seine association brings together 12 bookstores in western Paris: Au Pays des Livres in Colombes, De?dicaces in Rueil-Malmaison, L’Amandier in Puteaux, L’Ecriture in Vaucresson, La Boi?te at? Letters to Asnie?res-sur-Seine, The Suite at Versailles, Baron Perche? in Courbevoie, The Book and the Turtle in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Les Beaux Titres in Levallois-Perret, Les Cyclades in Saint-Cloud, Librairie des Batignolles in Paris 17th and Librairie Nouvelle in Asnieres-sur-Seine.

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The first selection of the Booksellers in Seine 2022 prize