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Prix ​​​​Goncourt des Lycéens: the jury will choose this Thursday in Rennes – Books

After more than two months of careful reading of the fifteen books from the selection of the prestigious Goncourt Prize, the jury of the 35th edition of the Goncourt des lycéens will announce the name of the winner of this prize at 1 p.m. at Rennes Town Hall, Cradle.

The announcement follows a telephone exchange with the author. The award will then be presented at 7pm in Paris to the Ministry of National Education.

Twelve high school judges, gathered behind closed doors this Thursday morning, will be asked to choose between the four finalist novels in final deliberations. Goncourt’s little brother, the Goncourt des lycéens, takes place every year from September to November and allows around 2,000 students from general, technical, vocational and agricultural high schools, from second to BTS, to discover contemporary literature and awaken a taste for reading.

The four novels are still in the running

Among the nominees is Pascale Robert-Diard, legal columnist at Le Monde newspaper and author of La petite menteuse (edition of L’Iconoclaste), whose novel was selected for the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française. Her novel tells the story of a schoolgirl who faces the legal consequences of her allegations of rape and sexual assault.

The high school students also chose the second novel by philosopher Nathan Devers, editor of La Ordre du jeu magazine, the story of a man who will have powerful experiences by discovering online a mirror in which anything is possible.

The other two novels in the race draw their material from the family past.

In “Her Favourite” (Edition Sabine Wespieser), the Swiss journalist Sarah Jollien-Fardel focuses on country ties, domestic violence and the difficulty of exile.

And Beirut-sur-Seine (Camp Edition), the second novel by Franco-Lebanese columnist and journalist Sabyl Ghoussoub, offers a reflection on family and immigration.

Brigitte Giraud’s novel Live Fast (ed. Flammarion), crowned by Goncourt 2022, was not selected.

55 high schools were mobilized

The selection of the Goncourt high school students, created in Rennes in 1988 and organized by Fnac and the Ministry of National Education, was announced on Monday after deliberations in the region. These took place in six cities: Lyon, Metz, Nantes, Nîmes, Paris and Rennes.

This year, the prize mobilizes 55 universities in the region and abroad (United States, Canada, Lebanon). Seven meetings between students and authors have taken place in the regions over the past few weeks.

The jury’s selection, which is very strict in terms of sales, is an opportunity for high school students to express their views on the novels of the new school year.

Last year, the Goncourt des lycéens was awarded to Clara Dupont-Monod for Adapt (Stock edition), a novel about disability, which also won the Prix Femina 2021.

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