An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris, has received the American Library in Paris Book Award. The book was selected by a jury of authors from the American Library in Paris Writers Council. The jury stated (somewhat humorously) that Harris “had somehow managed to make a thrilling narrative of the well-known events of the Dreyfus case.”
The American Library in Paris book award honors books that are about France, or the French–American encounter. The recipient of the award receives $5,000. Read Booklist’s starred review of An Officer and a Spy. See also Booklist’s starred review of the audiobook.
The other books on the 2014 shortlist, linked to Booklist reviews, are below:
Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815, by Philip Dwyer
The Embrace of Unreason: France 1914-1940, by Frederick Brown
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal that Shook the French Throne, by Jonathan Beckman
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, by Francine Prose