The Goncourt Prize will be awarded on November 30, with the hope that bookstores will then be reopened or about to reopen, the jury announced on Friday.

“The Goncourt academics met this Friday, November 13 in the morning by videoconference and, following the words of the Prime Minister the day before, announce that they will proclaim the Goncourt 2020 prize on Monday November 30,” said the Goncourt Academy in a press release .

On Thursday, the head of government Jean Castex hinted at the possibility of reopening “non-essential” businesses from December 1.

The Goncourt academics wished to anticipate a happy outcome for the booksellers.

“Everyone wants everyone to be able to buy books for the end of year celebrations. This date of November 30, which should precede – finally – the essential reopening of bookstores, will allow booksellers to be supplied on time” , they added.

The Goncourt, the most prestigious of French literary awards, was initially due to be awarded on November 10.

But on October 29, on the eve of the start of a second confinement which meant the obligation for bookstores to close their doors, the Goncourt Academy had indicated that it was postponing it “to an undetermined date”.

“For academics there is no question of handing it over to benefit other sales platforms,” ​​she said.

Among the other prizes, some have followed this line, such as the Renaudot, traditionally awarded the same day, or the Interallié, as well as the Goncourt for high school students. But others preferred to maintain their date, and the Femina and the Medici, for example, were awarded on November 2 and 6 respectively.

Booksellers have the right to sell pre-ordered books by mail order or on their doorstep. “In the meantime, thank you to readers for favoring for their book purchases, the click and collect of bookstores,” said the Académie Goncourt.

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