The second edition of the African book fair opens its doors in Paris

The second edition of the African book fair opens its

The second edition of the African book fair opens Friday, March 17 for a period of three days in Paris, rich in activities. This event at the town hall of the 6ᵉ arrondissement of the capital illustrates the state of play of African literature, being the largest meeting of its kind in France. More than 200 authors and 60 publishers and booksellers take part in this fair.

Yasmina Kadhra, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Djaïli, Amadou Amal, Nimrod, Fawzia Zouari and Eugène Ebodé, to name but a few, will be there. The management of African book fair in Parispresents this event as an opportunity to bring together african authors of the diaspora and those who come from Africa.

On this year’s show, we have a significant number of African countries who came, unlike the previous edition where we were in the middle of the Covid-19 periodexplains the director of the show, Érick Monjour. This year, we have publishers from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, of course since it is the guest country of honour. Ivorian, Gabonese, Congolese and Democratic Republic of Congo publishers. So, we are really on a cultural plurality and I must say essentially French-speaking. »

One of the most important aspects of this fair is its openness to young people from the diaspora who are embarking on self-publishing. Among them, “ there are nuggets “says Erick Monjour.

Guinean literature, in the spotlight, will be represented by writers such as the 2008 Renaudot prize, Tierno Monénembo, the pioneer of the French-speaking African novel Williams Sassine, or even Mariama Barry, author of children’s novels.

The fair also pays tribute this year to the filmmaker Ousmane Sembène and commemorates the tenth anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, a politician above all, but also a man of literature.

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