High Profile European Publishers Gather to Talk Shop in Paris

In What's the Buzz by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije

The bureau for the international promotion of French books (Bief) and the French Publisher’s Association (SNE) organized a symposium for today, December 1, in Paris to discuss problems common to publishers in European countries, reported French trade magazine Livres Hebdo.

The all-star group discussed topics including the book market, royalties, e-books and foreign rights. Participants met European and French representatives from ministries and public institutions.

Following is a list of directors and CEOs from eight European publishing companies expected at the symposium:Germany’s Michael Krüger, Carl Hanser, and Rüdiger Salat, Holtzbrinck; the United Kingdom’s Pete Ayrton, Serpent’s Tail, and Richard Charkin, Bloomsbury; Spain’s Jesus Badenes, Planeta, and Pedro del Carril, Salamandra; France’s Antoine Gallimard, Gallimard (and president of the SNE), and Arnaud Nourry, Hachette Livre; Italy’s Roberto Calasso, and Stefano Mauri, Mauri Spagnol; the Netherlands’ Koen Clement, WPG, and Herman Pabbruwe, Brill; Poland’s Barbara Jozwiak, PWN, and Piotr Marciszuk, Stentor (and vice-president of the Federation of European Publishers); and last but not least, Eva Bonnier, Albert Bonnier (and president of the Swedish publisher’s association) and Dag Hernried, Alfabeta.

Unfortunately, the discussions took place behind closed doors without access to the press — so have no idea exactly what they revealed to each other.

About the Author

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about translation, literature, graphic novels, the Middle East, and multiculturalism. She is the author of three books and has contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Global Post, and The New York Times.