The Museum of Hunting and Nature (Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature ) is one of the most unique and extraordinary museums in Paris. It was founded in 1964 by a wealthy French industrialist, François Sommer (1904-1973) and his wife Jacqueline, both of whom were avid hunters and conservationists. The foundation was set up after his death to continue his work and that of the museum. Sommer was also an accomplished writer, and Ernest Hemingway wrote the preface to his first book, published in 1953. He went on to publish (sometimes in co-authorship with his wife, Jacqueline) nearly a dozen more books on the subjects of hunting, nature, animals, and conservation. I am particularly proud to have The Sporting Road selected for this award, because like all the best hunters, François Sommer understood the inexorable links between human beings, wild animals, and the natural world that supports us all. And he devoted his life to nurturing, protecting and defending these connections.
One Response to The Sporting Road (Mon Amérique) wins the Francis Sommer Prize for fiction, 2013, awarded by the Francis Sommer Foundation and the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting & Nature), Paris, France
I was so plesed to meet you at the Prix Francois Sommer. When I called my friend Nicolas de Toldi to ask him if he will be there with you and that he answered: “Of course I have to replace Jim who will not come.” I said: “Seeing you is really not good news!” We both laugh, but I made him promise that we will meet (may be on some hunting wild place) the next time you’ll come to France.
All the best for you.