Yassine Ait Ali and Sophia Millman represent Princeton at the Choix Goncourt États-Unis

Thursday, May 5, 2022

On April 30, FIT Ph.D. students Yassine Ait Ali and Sophia Millman participated in the final round of deliberations of the Choix Goncourt États-Unis. The very first of its kind for the U.S., this event is part of the Académie Goncourt’s initiative to involve university students around the world in selecting a winner among the official finalists for the prestigious French literary prize. This year’s Choix Goncourt États-Unis was awarded to Anne Berest for her novel, La Carte postale.

Yassine and Sophia represented Princeton’s jury composed of Pierre Azou, Sophie Chopin, Murielle Tiako Djomatchoua, Austin Hancock, Whitney Mueller, Jackson Smith, and Chloé Vettier. They joined the representatives of the other institutions who participated in the selection, Duke, Harvard, NYU, and Yale. 

The ceremony took place at the Villa Albertine, at the cultural services of the French embassy, co-chaired by conseiller culturel Gaëtan Bruel and author Siri Hustvedt who hosted a spirited conversation with the members of the jury.

For more information, see the Villa Albertine website.

Choix Goncourt

Yassine Ait Ali (Front, third from the left) and Sophia Millman (Back, second from the right), with the other members of the Choix Goncourt États-Unis selection committee, as well as Gaëtan Bruel and Siri Hustvedt, at the Villa Albertine in New York