Since 2009 in France, the Orange Book Prize has rewarded a literary work written in French and published during the January publishing season. This year, the Orange Foundation launched the first Orange Book Prize in French-speaking Africa. The Award will go to a work of fiction written in French by an African author and published by a publishing house based on the African continent.
A short list of six books has been drawn up by reading committees based in 5 countries (Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, Madagascar) and made available at end February 2019. A jury consisting of writers, literary critics and other well-known personalities from the world of literature will then decide the winner. The Award ceremony will take place in an African capital between May and July 2019. In addition to a cash prize of €10,000, the winner will also benefit from a marketing campaign to promote his or her work.
Aadel Essaadani, general coordinator of Racines was in charge of forming and coordinating the Moroccan reading committee, composed of 3 Racines’ members: Dounia Benslimane, Development and Partnership director, Quitterie Berchon, project manager and himself, with also Ahmed Massaia, writer, playwright, critic and former director of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art and Cultural Activities and Hassan Hamdani, journalist at Telquel.