The Woman Who Finally Told Her Side of the Story: Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson, Actes Sud and the Languages In Between

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The story of Eva Gabrielsson, the late Stieg Larsson’s partner of 23 years is well known: following Larsson’s sudden and tragic death just before publication of the first Millennium book, Gabrielsson was stripped of her rights to the Millennium books and any of the estate because of Swedish inheritance law. (Larsson had worked tirelessly against racism …

Prix Goncourt 2011 Debut Novel Winner Announced

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

Michel Rostain has won the 2011 Goncourt Debut Novel Prize for 2011 for his novel, The Son (Le Fils), published by Oh! Editions in Paris. The prize was announced yesterday, 1 February. Just two weeks after publication, The Son has already achieved bestseller status in France, according to Andrea Field, Foreign Rights Manager at Oh! Editions. Novels shortlisted for the …

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, …

CES 2011: Video Interview with Bookeen Cofounder Laurent Picard

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Publishing Perspectives was on the lookout for book-related companies, and we stopped by the Bookeen booth to look at their e-readers and talk about the business they did at CES. Take a look at our full-length video interview for a closer look at the Bookeen e-readers and their …

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 …