Culture in the heart of the city
Founded in Geneva in 1818, just one year before Mirabaud, the Société de Lecture is both an internationally renowned cultural centre and a library containing a collection of 400,000 works dating from the 17th century to today.
Housed in the historic mansion of the former Hôtel du Résident de France, each year the institution puts together a programme of lunch debates, interactive workshops and conferences at which the public can meet writers, philosophers, historians, journalists and politicians, to learn more about cultural, topical or philosophical topics.
A prize awarded by the Académie Française
In June 2009, the Académie Française awarded its Prix du Rayonnement de la Langue et de la Littérature Française (a prize for making a contribution to ensuring the continued influence of the French language and literature throughout the world) to Delphine de Candolle, President of the Société de Lecture.