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Saïkou Yaya Baldé

Saïkou Yaya Baldé is a writer, poet, and activist born and raised in Paris. His work is informed by his dual cultural background (having been born on French soil to West African...

Hubert Tézenas

Hubert Tézenas was born in Paris in 1962. After a chaotic period of study (three years at the École Normale Sup and three months at Sciences Po in Paris), he abruptly gave up...

Julie Maroh

Julie Maroh is a French writer and illustrator of graphic novels. She wrote Blue Is the Warmest Color (Le bleu est une couleur chaude) about the life and love of two young...

Alain Blottière

Alain Blottière was born in 1954 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. His first novel Saad (excerpted in our January 2016 issue Captivity) was published in 1980 to great critical acclaim and...

Maximilien Le Roy

Maximilien Le Roy was born in Paris in 1985. In addition to Les Chemins de traverse, his work about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes the collective work Gaza, un...

Patrick de Saint-Exupéry

Patrick de Saint-Exupéry was an international reporter for Le Figaro. He covered the events in Rwanda and became a highly regarded writer on the subject. In 2004 he published...

Maxence Emery

Maxence Emery is a multifaceted author. A globetrotter and photographer, he photographed homeless people for Maximilien Le Roy's book Hosni. He met Alejandro González Raga in...

Thomas Humeau

Thomas Humeau was born in 1987 in Angers, France, and studied art at the prestigious Estienne and Olivier de Serre, in Paris. He contributed to the collection 13m28 and published his...

Xavier Mauméjean

Xavier Mauméjean has a degree in philosophy and sciences of religions. He has won the renowned Rosny Award (the most important French award for science fiction) in 2005 and 2008....

Stéphane Lambert

Poet, novelist, and essayist Stéphane Lambert was born in Brussels in 1974.  His essay L’adieu au paysage: Les nymphéas de Claude Monet (Farewell to the...

Marie-Claire Bancquart

Marie-Claire Bancquart lives in Paris where she is professor emerita at the Paris-Sorbonne University. Her most recent book of poems, Mots de passe (Le Castor Astral, 2014), is the...

Abel Lanzac

Abel Lanzac is the pseudonym of Antonin Baudry, a French diplomat who is currently the Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy and Permanent Representative of the French...

Christophe Blain

Christophe Blain is one of two artists ever to take the Prix du meilleur album twice at Angoulême: in 2002, for the first volume of Isaac the Pirate (NBM, 2003) and 2013, for the...

Matthias Picard

Matthias Picard was born in Reims, the capital of Champagne, and graduated from the School of Fine Art in Strasbourg. He was a member of a collective called Troglodyte and worked at the...

Nicolas Wild

Born in 1977 in Alsace, Nicolas Wild is a former student of the renowned illustration workshops at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. He lives...

Dara Keck

Dara Keck is the pseudonym of the translation collective made up of Chris Clarke, Tom La Farge, Rachel Galvin, Daniel Levin Becker, Ian Monk, and Jean-Jacques Poucel.

François Caradec

François Caradec (1924-2008) joined the Oulipo in 1983. He was a biographer of Lautréamont, Jarry, Roussel, Allais, and others, as well as a historian, publisher, poet, novelist, and...

Jacques Bens

Jacques Bens (1931-2001) was a founding member of the Oulipo, as well as its provisional secretary during its early years: his scrupulous minutes from monthly meetings were compiled as...

Jacques Jouet

Jacques Jouet is a poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, and artist. He joined the Oulipo in 1983. The most recent titles in his estimable bibliography are the novel Un dernier mensonge and the...

Anne F. Garréta

Anne F. Garréta, elected to the Oulipo in 2000, is Associate Professor of French Literature at the University of Rennes in France and Visiting Professor in the Literature Program at Duke...

Michèle Métail

Michèle Métail joined the Oulipo in 1975 as its first female member; she has since stopped participating in the group’s activities. She is a scholar of German and Chinese...

Michelle Grangaud

Michelle Grangaud was elected to the Oulipo in 1995. A specialist of anagrams (to which she has devoted several works, including Stations, a book of poems made up of anagrams of the names of...

Olivier Salon

Olivier Salon, a writer, mathematician, and actor, has been a member of the Oulipo since 2000. He is a regular participant in Oulipo readings and writing workshops, and has collaborated on several...

Dominique Manotti

Dominique Manotti was born in Paris in 1942 and has lived there all her life. She was a political and trade-union activist for many years and taught contemporary history and economics at the...

Jacques Gélat

Jacques Gélat is the author of the novels Le Tableau (1991), La Couleur inconnue (2000), Le Traducteur (2006), La Mécanique du mal (2007), Le Plaisir du diable (2008), and  Le...

Claude Bleton

Claude Bleton is the former director of the Collège international des traducteurs littéraires in Arles and translates from Spanish to French. He has translated the works of many...

Quentin Girard

Quentin Girard is a journalist with the french newspaper Libération. He is one of the founders and the chief editor of L'imparfaite, a French-language journal on sexuality.

Étienne Davodeau

Étienne Davodeau was born in the Les Mauges region of France in 1965. He has published numerous highly-acclaimed graphic novels and works of graphic nonfiction. In 2006, he won the Grand...

Killoffer

Killoffer (first name Patrice) is a founding member of 'Association and Oubapo. His best-known work is M676 Apparitions of Killoffer, translated into English in 2006 by the British publisher...

François Ayroles

François Ayroles was born in Paris in 1969 and lives and works in Bordeaux. After earning his BA, he spent a year in the college of art history at the Panthéon-Sorbonne and then...

Etienne Lécroart

Etienne Lécroart (b. 1960) is a French cartoonist and musician. He began his career in 1986 and has published extensively in newspapers, magazines, and journals. He has published numerous...

Laurence Colchester

Laurence Colchester is a publisher and co-founder in 2003 of Bitter Lemon Press. She is French and lives in London. Before starting Bitter Lemon Press, Laurence had a long and varied career in...

Hervé Tanquerelle

Born in 1972, Nantes native Hervé Tanquerelle is a bright artistic talent of the current French comics scene. Right from his first book, The Ballad of the Little Hanged Man...

Philippe Ôtié

Philippe Ôtié is a French diplomat. This is his first graphic novel

Roannie

French writer Roannie, a member of Amnesty International and a pediatrician, became increasingly committed to peace work after her retirement. Between 2002 and 2005, she made multiple trips to...

André Pieyre de Mandiargues

André Pieyre de Mandiargues (1909–91) was a French writer of the fantastic whose prolific output included poems, plays, essays, novels, and short stories. He also translated works...

Dominique Hérody

Born in 1957, Dominique Hérody first devoted himself to comics, which he still teaches in Angoulême, before turning in the mid-1990s to literature. He recently published Maurice...

Nine Antico

Born in the early 1980s, Nine Antico is a French illustrator and cartoonist. She started her career with a fanzine, Rock This Way, in which she combined her two passions: rock and illustrations....

David Prudhomme

David Prudhomme was born in 1969 and lives in Bordeaux in France. He is a graduate of the Arts School of Angoulême. In 2006, he adapted two novels by François Villon, and...

François Bon

François Bon was born in Vendee in 1953. After studying mechanical engineering at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers, he specialized in electron beam welding and he...

Laurent Graff

Laurent Graff is the author of several works of fiction, including Les Jours heureux (Happy Days, Carroll & Graf, 2004; Prix Millepages, 2002). Film rights to Happy Days have been optioned...

Vincent Mondiot

Vincent Mondiot is twenty-six and lives in the Parisian suburbs. He has written several short stories and novels, including Terrortriste, an experimental novel he self-published as a fictional...

Lewis Trondheim

Lewis Trondheim was born in 1964. In 1990, he was one of the founding members of L'Association, which publishes some of the top European comic artists. The prolific Trondheim has published...

Fabrice Neaud

Born in 1968, Fabrice Neaud is a graduate of the Fine Arts School. He started working on his ambitious autobiographical project in 1991. He is also the co-founder of Ego comme X, where the...

Golo

Golo (pen name of Guy Nadeau) was born in 1948 in France and lives in Cairo. He began his career in 1973 as a magazine illustrator for French music and various Egyptian newspapers, and he has...

Blutch

Christian Hincker, who uses the pseudonym Blutch, studied art in Strasbourg, where he was born. Blutch made his comic debut in the magazine Fluide Glacial in 1988 with Pecos Jim and several...

Gébé

Gébé, or Georges Blondeaux (1929–2004), has been a fixture of the French press since 1960. He was best known as a cartoonist, but also author, lyricist, screenwriter, and...

François Vallejo

François Vallejo teaches literature in Le Havre. He is the author of seven previous novels, all published with Éditions Viviane Hamy, most of which have won major literary awards:...

Troub’s

Troub's was born in 1969, in Pessac. He studied fine arts in Toulouse and d' Angouleme. He lives in the Dordogne and travels widely. A contemplative artist, in love with nature and...

Jochen Gerner

Jochen Gerner studied fine arts in Nancy from 1988 to 1993. After his studies, he began illustrating and published some pages in the collective album Périphéries...

Jocelyn Dupré

Jocelyn Dupré was born in 1959. He teaches French at a college in the Paris area. The small apartment where he resides is cluttered with various cardboard boxes and stacks of books which,...

Richard Marazano

Richard Marazano was born in 1971. He lives in the suburbs of Paris. He studied physics and astrophysics before launching his writing career. His books include Zéro absolu drawn by...

Xavier Delaporte

Xavier Delaporte was born in 1967 and lives in Savoy. His first graphic novel, Chaabi, with text by Richard Marazano, was published by Futuropolis in 2007.

Marie Darrieussecq

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Her debut novel, Pig Tales (1996), was published in 34 countries and became...

Clement Oubrerie

Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966. After a stint in art school he spent two years in the United States doing a variety of odd jobs, publishing his first children's books and...

Jérôme Mulot

Florent Ruppert (Troyes, 1979) and Jérôme Mulot (Dijon, 1981) have published the fanzines Le Journal de l'Aventure (2002), Le Journal de l'Aventure diese 2 (2003), and Del...

Philippe Dupuy

Born in Paris, Philippe Dupuy has been working in comics for nearly thirty years, mostly in collaboration with Charles Berberian, creating strips about their well-known character Mr. Jean. He...

Mathieu Lindon

Mathieu Lindon was born in 1955. He is a literary journalist at Libération and the author of Ceux qui tiennent debout (2006), Je vous écris (2004), Ma catastrophe adorée...

David B.

Artist, writer, editor, designer, the prolific David B. was born in Nîmes, France, in 1959. He is a key figure of the 1990s alternative movement that transformed contemporary French...

Tonino Benacquista

After being, in turn, a museum night-watchman, a train guard on the Paris-Rome line and a professional parasite on the Paris cocktail circuit, Tonino Benacquista is now a highly successful...

Pierre Michon

Pierre Michon is considered by some to be one of the great masters of contemporary French prose. In 2002, he was awarded the Prix Décembre for Corps du Roi and Abbés, published by...

Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud

Born in Paris in 1947, fabulist Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud has published seven novels, including La Faculté des songes (Grasset, 1982), which won the prestigious Prix Renaudot....

Antoine Audouard

Antoine Audouard was born in Paris in 1956. Audouard spent six years as publishing director of Laffont-Fixot. His novel Farewell, My Only One was published in English in 2004, shortlisted for...

François Devenne

François Devenne was born in Nantes in 1964. He completed his student thesis on the geography and agriculture of Kilamanjaro, and then worked at l'Institut français de...

Fred Vargas

Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is a historian and archaeologist by training.

J. M. G. Le Clézio

J. M. G. Le Clézio was born in 1940 in Nice, where he did his primary, secondary, and university studies. In 1963, he scored a major success with his first novel, Le Proces Verbal, which...

Florent Ruppert

Florent Ruppert was born in Troyes in 1979. His publications include the fanzines Le Journal de l'Aventure (2002), Le Journal de l'Aventure diese 2 (2003), and Del Aventure (2004); and the books...
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