The most important interviews of 2023 from Livres Hebdo – LIVRES HEBDO


Dany Laferrière: “I am neither black nor white when I write”

Versatile author, writer of Haitian origin and academic Dany Laferriere has never denied his identity. He wrote a collection of texts between essays, portraits and literary stories in which he asks questions about racism in the United States with finesse and without Manichaeism.

Dany Laferrière – Photo OLIVIER DION


Florence Lotthé & Louis-Pascal Deforges (Bayard): “Think about how to tell the world in new ways”

Appointed Director and General Manager of Bayard Éditions in 2017, Florence Lotthe And Louis Pascal Deforges For five years we have been pursuing the goal of anchoring the house in the history of the world by developing new lines.

Louis-Pascal Deforges and Florence Lotthé – Photo OLIVIER DION

Nicolas Roche and Claire Mauguière (Bief): “250 foreign publishers meet in Paris”

The second edition of the Paris Book Market, a rights transfer market organized by the International Bureau of French Publishing (Bief), begins on June 1 at Galerie Joseph with almost 300 publishers represented. For Livres Hebdo, Nicholas RochePresident of Reach and Claire Mauguiereat the origins of the Paris book market, return to the interest of the French publishing world in the event.

Claire Mauguière, project manager at Bief, imagined the Paris book market in 2022. – Photo ELODIE CARREIRA


Denis Olivennes: “Editis must be a large, independent and free group”

Following the confirmation of the takeover of Editis by the European Commission Daniel Kretinsky, Denis Olivennes, who became president of the second largest French publishing group, opens up. At the age of 63, the company boss and the eminence grise of business people is steering the fortunes of a book giant for the first time. Until recently, the “literature devourer” concluded his book broadcasts on Public Senate with the words: “See you next week, unless we meet in a bookstore by then.” » Foreshadowing. For Livres Hebdo he shares his vision of Editis, his method and his admiration for the sector.

Denis Olivennes – Photo OLIVIER DION


Michèle Benbunan: “In 4 years we have led Editis to a new milestone”

The former general director of the publishing group sold to Daniel Kretinsky takes stock of four eventful years at the helm of Editis, while his future has now moved away from headquarters.

Michèle Benbunan took over the management of Editis in October 2019 – photo CHARLOTTE JOLLY DE ROSNAY


Catherine Lucet: “Editis needs composure to regain its appeal”

Just appointed General Manager of the Editis Group, Catherine Lucet gave an extraordinary interview to Livres Hebdo to share his feelings and ambitions in his new role.

Catherine Lucet, November 13, 2023 – Photo OLIVIER DION