The shortlisted books are:
- A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment. By Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell. The New Press.
- Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely. By Andrew S. Curran. Other Press.
- The Flight Portfolio: A Novel. By Julie Orringer. Alfred A. Knopf.
- Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What it Means for Us). By Marc Weitzmann. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Little. By Edward Carey. Riverhead Books (US) / Gallic (UK)
- Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. By David Elliott. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
As always during the seven years of the prize, the winning title will be selected by an independent jury. The jury this year consists of Alice Kaplan, professor of French at Yale, whose latest book is Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic; Pamela Druckerman, New York Times contributing columnist and author, most recently, of There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story; and Thomas Chatterton Williams, author of the forthcoming Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race and a writer for the New York Times Magazine.
The winning title will be announced, and the $5,000 prize presented to the author, at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday 7 November 2019. All Library donors are invited to the event. The Book Award is supported by generous funding from the Florence Gould Foundation.
David talked about this book on episode 3 of The Laydown, the official podcast of Gibson's Bookstore.