March 25, 2013

The reader
who writes


On March 19 Hennessy awarded its 2013 Prize for Literary Journalism to Philippe Delaroche, deputy editor of the French literary magazine Lire.

The Hennessy Prize kicked off a lineup of literary events in March, including the Paris Book Fair from March 22-25. Created in 1990, the Hennessy Prize for Literary Journalism recognizes journalists whose work—criticism, chronicles or reporting—appears in French-language publications.

Maurice Hennessy represented the Cognac House at the awards ceremony, which was attended by numerous prominent figures from the literary and cultural communities such as François Busnel, Gonzague Saint-Bris and Daniel Picouly, honoring the entire profession. The jury was chaired by Yves Harté, along with honorary president Daniel Rondeau.

“The 2013 Hennessy prize is faithful to the founding spirit of this award,” said jury president Yves Harté. “It recognizes a reader who writes, which also means a writer who reads, making a double celebration of the literary process.”

An insatiable reader and an invaluable guide, Philippe Delaroche is a true lover of words. Everything he undertakes is inspired by a desire to transmit and above all communicate the pleasure he gets from reading and traveling from one universe to the next. A recognized author himself, his itinerary can be elegantly summed up as “a life dedicated to the written word”.

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