Which French Prizes Sell Books?
The website Paris Match has a pretty cool graphic where you can see how the various major French book awards stack up, in terms of moving copies of books. At may be no surprise, the Prix Goncourt is by far the best-selling prize. Here’s a screen capture to give an idea:
And we’re quite impressed to see that Two Lines Press’s own Marie NDiaye is the second-best-selling author on that list, tied with the always popular Michel Houellebecq.
Looking at the Prix Femina (which NDiaye also won, albeit a few years before those tracked by the graphic) you can see that the Goncourt is really where it’s at, so far as sales are concerned.
It’s a fun little feature, and you don’t really need any French to enjoy it. Have fun!