Paris (AFP)

The Swiss writer Joel Dicker joins the jury of the literary prize 30 million friends, alongside Michel Houellebecq or Teresa Cremisi, who rewards each year a novel or an essay where the animal is in the spotlight.

The prize will be awarded on November 26 in the Goncourt salon, at Drouant in Paris by a jury also composed of Didier Decoin Academy Goncourt, Irene Frain, Frédéric Lenoir or Reha Hutin, President of the Foundation 30 million friends.

"30 million friends, it is a piece of my youth, of my childhood.I was subscribed very early to the magazine, I followed the adventures of the various dogs of Jean-Pierre Hutin and my grandmother was a She had a bedside book dedicated to Mabrouk, "Joel Dicker told AFP on Thursday," very honored to be part of this prestigious jury ".

The winner of the Grand Prize of the French Academy's novel and the Goncourt High School Students' Prize for his book "La Vérité sur l? Affaire Harry Quebert" (Fallois / L? Age d'Homme, 2012) estimates that "c is very difficult to write about animals ".

"Describing how you feel when you're in the presence of a dog, for example, it's very difficult, completely crazy, I hope to get there someday," says the romance lover of animals and nature .

Reha Hutin was delighted by the arrival of Joël Dicker who "did not hesitate a second to commit for several years", without forgetting to salute "the fidelity of Michel Houellebecq".

For this 37th edition, the jury members will have to choose between eleven books, six novels and five essays.

Pascal Janovja "The Zoo of Rome" (Editions Actes Sud); Julien Jouanneau "The trip of Ludwig" (Editions Flammarion); Maëlle Levacher "Zebulon or The Cat" (La Part Commune editions); Sigrid Nunez "The Friend" (Stock ed); Alexander Siniakov "Detach them and bring them to me" (Editions Fayard); Adeline Wirth "Seven Cavalcades" (Rocher's ed.), Are in the running for the novels.

Among the essays are "Wolves and Men" by Caroline Audibert (Plon Editions) or "Reconcile Man and Animal" by Philippe Dauty (Favre editions).

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