“Goncour” indefinitely


I postpone indefinitely the announcement that was scheduled for next November 10 for the winner of the “Goncourt”, the most important French literary prize, “in solidarity” with the libraries that were forced to close again due to the closure measures imposed in France in the face of the second wave of Corona pandemic. The General Commissioner of the Academy of “Goncourt”, Francoise Rosseno, explained in a short message to “Agence France Presse” that the prize will be awarded “at an unspecified date, given that the libraries will not be open on November 10.” It is not possible for academy members to give the award ”in light of this closure, as“ other sales platforms ”will benefit, she said. She added that the members of the Academy of “Goncourt” wanted, through this decision, “to express their solidarity with the libraries.”
In a related context, the organizers of the Interalier Prize announced that they had taken a similar decision. A spokesperson for the jury told AFP that “on November 12 we will announce the list of finalists, but the award will not be awarded as long as the libraries are closed.”
For her part, the French Minister of Culture, Roselyn Bachelot, confirmed, yesterday evening, Thursday, that libraries will not be exempt from the measures taken to contain the spread of the epidemic: “They are not at the present time among the open stores, but they can, as well as record stores, organize deliveries of orders. And she continued: “We will study after 15 days if it is possible to open its doors in light of the health situation.”


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