An event for authors in France. The Comédie du Livre 2012
To mark its twenty-seventh year, and following on from the massive success of last year’s celebration of literature from the German-speaking world, the Comédie du Livre has chosen to honour contemporary British literature on the 31st May, 1st, 2nd and 3rd June 2012.
For this, Montpellier Town Council and the association Coeur de Livres are delighted to welcome over thirty of the best-known and most creative British writers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For three days, the general public will have the opportunity to both attend and participate in meetings, round-table discussions, exhibitions and literary cafés with the guest authors. There will also be over one hundred French authors presenting their books on the stands of Montpellier’s independent bookshops.
This year the Comédie du Livre has the immense pleasure of giving the esteemed French author, Jean Rouaud, a carte blanche for the festival’s programme. Rouaud, who won the Prix Goncourt in 1990 for his novel Les Champs d’honneur, will undoutedly bring his own personal touch to the festival.
2012 also marks the first year in which the festival will celebrate the exceptional work of Zulma Publishers.
Ever committed to its aim of encouraging young people to discover the pleasure of reading, one of the highlights of the Comédie du Livre 2012 will be the participation of almost 5000 children and teenagers in various projects before and during the festival, all made possible by the unfailing help of the Board of Education, the Regional Centre of Pedagogic Research (CRDP) and the University of Montpellier III.
The Town Council’s public partners, the Region Languedoc-Roussillon, the district library, the Network of multimedia libraries of Greater Montpellier and the association LR2L will, as always, be showcasing their year-long activities dedicated to promoting reading amongst the general public.
This year the Comédie du Livre has the pleasure of welcoming to Montpellier, amongst others, the following authors :
In adult literature : Alasdair Gray, Gabriel Josipovci, Ron Butlin, Nick Barlay, Marina Lewycka, Kate Summerscale, James Kelman, Alan Warner, Sarah Hall, Jonathan Coe, Tim Parks, Jon McGregor, David Lodge, A.L. Kennedy, Louise Welsh, Neil Bartlett, Robert McLiam Wilson, John King, Ian McDonald, Dan Simmons
Crime fiction : Robert Jon Ellory, Stuart Neville, John Harvey
Science fiction : Christopher Priest, Iain M. Banks, Dan Simmons
Literature for young readers and fantasy fiction : Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine, Jonathan Stroud, Joseph Delaney
Graphic novels and comic books : Mike Carey, Glen Baxter
Non-fiction : Keith Dixon
Anglophile French writers : Christine Jordis, Jean-Pierre Ohl, François Rivière