Publishers print a new page of the Corsican book in Paris
For the first time, publishing houses and their authors gathered this weekend in the capital to present their catalogs and literary novelties related to island culture and heritage. In complete independence from the main Paris book fairs.
The place was not chosen by chance: it is close Flora coffee and that from Two wormswhere renowned literary awards are given every year, which salon Read in Corsica! / Read Corsica! it was held for the first time this weekend.
Organized byAssociation of Publishers of Corsicathe event took place in the Hôtel de l’industrie, a beautiful building from the second half of the 19th century.e century located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
Over the course of two days*, a dozen island publishing houses presented their publications, combining novels, essays, historical accounts, poetry, tourist guides and children’s books, in French and Corsican.
Between a book dedicated to the minerals of Corsica, a collection of broccoli recipes, a version translated into Corsican The little Princepolitical essays or the correspondence of Pascal Paoli, is a complete overview of the island’s press, to which visitors are invited until this Sunday evening.
Lively and dynamic edition
Author Wanda Mastor, who signs this year, was happy with this debut Towards autonomy in Albiana editions: “The idea of a fair dedicated exclusively to Corsican publishers is extraordinary: it is much more effective than being drowned in the heart of a general literary fair”, she convinced this professor of public law, a few minutes before the conference on the island’s institutional evolution, that she wanted to “instructive, useful for the curious as well as for the Corsican diaspora public”. A few meters away, its publisher Bernard Biancarelli, also the treasurer of the association organizing this show, is satisfied with the attendance: “The idea has been very well received, people are happy to hang out again,” he observes.
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For the editorial director of Albiana, “this show aimed to separate, show what we can do and prove that Corsican publishing is alive and dynamic: Corsicans have a real appetite for knowledge, culture in general”he adds.
The opinion of Jean-Marc Olivesi, curator of the National Museum of the House of Bonaparte in Ajaccio who came to sign Performances and entertainment in the age of Bonapartethe book that sparked “genuine public curiosity about this little-known topic”, remarked the native Conca at the table where he was presenting his book.
At the end of the first day, the president of the Association of Publishers of Corsica, Alain Piazzola, presented a positive provisional assessment: “First of all, I remember the public’s surprise when they came to this magnificent place. The number of visitors this Saturday, very satisfactory, is proof that interest is starting again after three years of rest. We are very pleasantly surprised!”, he confided.
*Until Sunday, November 6 at Hôtel de l’industrie, 4, place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris. Closing at 6 p.m.