Bookstores closed by confinement: Goncourt solidarity, Fnac opens despite everything

The Goncourt Prize, which was to be awarded on November 10, was postponed sine die by “Solidarity” with bookstores, forced to close due to the Covid-19 epidemic, announced the general delegate of the Goncourt Academy, Françoise Rossinot.

“The Goncourt Prize is awarded at an indefinite date since on November 10 the bookstores will not be open. For academics, there is no question of handing it over so that it benefits other sales platforms ”, she wrote in a short message on Thursday.

The jurors of the most prestigious French literary prize had threatened a postponement in the morning if it was confirmed that the bookstores would not be open on November 10. The Interallié Prize jury said it had made the same decision. “There will be a selection of finalists on November 12th. But we will not hand over the prize as long as the bookstores are closed ”, said a spokesperson for the jury.

No exception for bookstores but for Fnac yes

However, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, confirmed Thursday, October 29 that there would be no exception for these points of sale, during the government press conference detailing the containment measures

“Bookstores are not currently one of the open shops. But they will be able, like the record stores besides, to organize activities of delivery and withdrawals of orders, that is to say the ” click and collect “, she stressed. And as with other types of signs, “We will see in 15 days with regard to the health situation if a classic opening becomes possible again”, continued the minister.

However, Fnac-Darty has decided to keep its stores open in France during the reconfinement, relying on the exemption granted to certain stores to meet the needs of teleworking employees.

“As a multi-specialist brand, we will be able to open our stores to meet the significant demands for IT / multimedia equipment for teleworking, as well as the repair of electrical and electronic products”, Fnac-Darty said in a message sent to AFP.


The Femina Prize advances its presentation

A novelist and three novelists remain in the running for the Goncourt Prize: Djaïli Amadou Amal (Les Impatientes), Hervé Le Tellier (The Anomaly), Maël Renouard (The Historiographer of the Kingdom) and Camille de Toledo, (Theseus, his new life).

The French Academy, which was to award its Grand Prix du roman 2020 on October 29 in the afternoon, just before the entry into force of the containment measures, finally gave up. “The proclamation of the Grand Prix du roman, scheduled for this afternoon, is canceled”, the Academy said in a statement at midday, without giving details on the date of a possible new announcement.

Conversely, the price Femina advanced to Monday late morning the announcement of its price, initially scheduled for Tuesday. The jury invoked, in a statement “The conviction that literary prizes help support cultural life, booksellers, publishers, readers and authors seriously affected by the containment measures”.


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