Muriel Barbery's bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog (forthcoming from Europa Editions in September 2008) has been selected among the 30 titles chosen between 2005 and 2008 as part ot the French Voices program.
“French Voices”, in partnership with the PEN American Center, financially supports the translation and publication of up to ten contemporary French or Francophone works per year.
A committee of independent professional experts has been brought together to select the works to be translated.
The premise is to create what will become a collection of 30 books over an initial period of three years. The French works published in the US will each receive the patronage of a major American writer, either in the form of a preface to the book, or his or her involvement in a major public event, etc.