“It was an unspeakable celebration. Absolute happiness! ” Amélie Nothomb is used to meeting her readers. This « rockstar », as one fan describes it, tastes the exercise: she writes to them, questions them during signing sessions, remembers their first name, sympathizes regularly. So, this Sunday, June 6, the extravagant author, glass of champagne in hand, savor the moment.
Word for words, the literary festival of exchanges, signatures and debates organized the weekend of June 5 and 6 by The world, L’Obs, Telerama and France Inter at La Villette, in Paris, enabled him, like a hundred guest writers, to regain his readership for the first time in months. For Francesca Serra, Literary Prize The world 2020 for his first novel, She lied for the wings (Anne Carrière), the event even took on the appearance of a baptism of fire: “If the launch of my book in August had already been done with the public, I am intimidated and still in the initiation, she admits. But the readers are so benevolent and pleasant that I am beginning to take only pleasure in it. ”
In a hurry to discover Edouard Louis at the Théâtre Paris-Villette, even if he confesses that he has not yet read his novels, Jules praises the power of literature. “A book is an open door to a universe: it makes it possible to understand oneself, to understand the author, to understand the world, he philosophizes. It’s like a balm. ” In the “Pleasant little village” that constitutes the park of 19e district of the capital, Roxane delights in her personal meeting with Nicolas Mathieu, Prix Goncourt 2019 for Their Children after them (Actes Sud). The young lawyer retains from this first edition of Word for Words ” the proximity to the authors ”, let her judge “Much more accessible than in other events”.
Novelists, essayists, cartoonists, critics, publishers, historians, biographers, exegetes … Many have accepted over the two days, divided between the Théâtre Paris-Villette, the Boris-Vian room of the Grande Halle and the Little Villette space , to lend themselves to the game of discussion, in public, with journalists. Far from the sole duty of « promo », greets Elodie, a librarian who has come to listen to the author of thrillers Franck Thilliez, the writers look back on their life, their work and their creative process. The Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferrière, member of the Académie française, recounts with poetry his days spent in the institution “Where we wake up the dead, Voltaire, Racine, who are colleagues” and “Where people write, write so much that we end up believing in immortality.”
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