About the Author

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about the Middle East, multiculturalism, translation, literature, and graphic novels. She is a contributor to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar Art, The Global Post, The New York Times and CNN.

Forthcoming French Titles Focus on Tunisia

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije Over the years French publishers have printed many books on the political situation in Tunisia as well as fiction by Tunisian writers such as Habib Selmi or Aroussia Nalouti (Actes Sud). France occupied Tunisia from 1881 until the country’s independence in 1956. Never a colony, Tunisia was nevertheless a French protectorate and the ties between the two countries …

Is Joe Sacco the World’s Greatest Graphic Noveliest/Reporter? The French Say “Oui”

In What's the Buzz by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The Maltese-born American cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco has just won the public news radio station France Info’s 2011 news and comic book prize for the French edition of his 400-page graphic novel Footnotes in Gaza. This is the second time Sacco has won the France Info prize—he was awarded the prize in 1999 for his graphic novel …

France’s Feedbooks: Three Million E-books Served Monthly

In Europe, Resources by Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije PARIS: Though just 27 years old, Hadrien Gardeur is a veteran of the war to win e-book readers. Gardeur co-founded his company Feedbooks -– a cloud publishing and distribution service for e-books -– during the summer of 2007 when he was in his last year of computer science engineering school. Three and a half years later, Feedbooks distributes …

Sens Critique: Social Book and Culture Reviews, the French Way

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: “It’s all about de-materialization,” says Clément Apap, co-founder of Sens Critique (Critical Sense), a new virtual library for books, films, TV series, graphic novels and music –- which launched in December and has already attracted 85,000 users. Users can join Sens Critique for free or simply adopt the site as something akin to a cultural magazine. …

Right-wing Complaints About Muslim Batman Bemuse French

In What's the Buzz by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The British Batman writer, David Hine, has invented a French superhero before the French could get to it. His name is Bilal Asselah aka “Nightrunner” and he was selected by Batman in the December issues of DC Comics Detective Comics Annual and Batman Annual to fight crime in Paris. Nightrunner is from the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, …

Paris Opens Chic New Hotel for Book Lovers

In What's the Buzz by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije How lucky that in this digital age some people still find books seductive — seductive enough to build a chic new hotel in Paris with a literary theme. The plush Le Pavillon des Lettres opened late last fall right around the corner from the Elysée Palace in the 8th arrondissement. The 26 rooms in muted tones correspond …

With 150,000 Daily Print Subscribers, France’s Children’s Newspapers Remain Popular Despite “Digital Distractions”

In Children's, Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije At least French kids are reading newspapers. There is always a business model that works against the odds. France’s book publisher Play Bac presse, which also publishes three newspapers for children, is simultaneously celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its founding paper, Mon Quotidien’s (My Daily) 15th birthday. At a time when newspapers worldwide are struggling, and in …

Chair of Judges for the Arabic Booker Discusses the Shortlist

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) — better known as the Arabic Booker — was released last week; the winner — who receives $50,000 (shortlisted authors receive $10,000 — will be announced March 14, 2011 during the Abu Dhabi Book Fair. The six writers on the shortlist are from Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and …