François Bon, born on 22 May 1953 in Luçon, is a French writer and translator.
François Bon published his first novel in 1982, Sortie d'usine. He then earned a creative residency at the Villa Médicis in 1984, and has since worked in literature, as a writer, translator, performer or publisher. François Bon has written essays, novels, radio programs, poetry as well as theatre or children's literature.
In 2010, he began a series of translations of novels and essays by the American author H.P Lovecraft, for which he created a website, The Lovecraft Monument.
He also works with underprivileged young people in writing workshops. Since 2013, he teaches creative writing at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts of Cergy-Pontoise (France).
Contribution to web literature
In 1997, Bon created one of the first French websites entirely about literature : remue.net, that evolved into tierslivre.net and became his primary creative platform. His interest for literary creation on and for the Internet led him to work on a project about digital photography, tumulte.net, a website that turned into a book, Tumulte, published in 2006.
He has since participated in symposiums and panels, where he has discussed the relationship between literature and technology. He launched an ebook publishing company, Publie.net and has released an essay about the changing nature of the book in the Information Age, Après le livre (2011).
In 2016, Bon created his own publishing house, Tiers Livre Editeurs, which complements his blog's output.
- 1984-1985 : resident at the Villa Médicis.
- 1987-1988 : laureate of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Berliner Künstlerprogramm).
- 1991 : laureate of the Bosch Fondation (Stuttgart).
- 1992 : awarded the Prix Paul Vaillant-Couturier for L'Enterrement.
- 1992 : awarded the Prix du livre en Poitou-Charentes for L’Enterrement.
- 1993 : awarded the Prix Télérama for Dans la ville invisible.
- 2000 : awarded the Prix France Culture / revue Urbanisme "La ville à lire" for Paysage fer.
- 2002 : awarded the Prix Louis-Guilloux for Mécanique.
- 2002 : awarded the Prix d'automne de la Société des gens de Lettre for Rolling Stones.
- 2004 : awarded the Prix Wepler for Daewoo.
- 2015 : Mission Stendhal (Lovecraft archives in Providence).