“These people are fighting for literature”

Dor ten years, the François-Mitterrand media library has cultivated curiosity for independent publishing through a readers’ club, “Vagabond Readers”. She is reaching a milestone by devoting a show of the same name to it, Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4.

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The first edition of the show dedicated to independent publishing is being held Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4 at the François-Mitterrand media library. There are still places left for a writing workshop and a youth workshop

“The media library has done immense work with independent publishing for more than ten years,” salutes David Meulemans. Friday at 3 p.m., he comes to lead a writing workshop. The publisher knows what he is talking about; he has devoted a thesis to the question of creative processes. “I have led writing workshops for twenty-five years. People don’t feel allowed to write. But publishing needs new pens all the time. The goal of the workshops is to help people take this step, to get started with writing. »

Publishing is about making books because you think they are necessary. When she is no longer independent, usually the goal is to make money


David Meulemans founded the publishing house Aux Forges de Vulcain in 2010.

Aurélie Delahaye

Passionate about reading, in 2010 he founded the independent publishing house Aux Forges de Vulcain. He published novels of general and imaginary literature there. According to him, the independent character is essential: “Publishing consists of making books because we believe that they are necessary. When she is no longer independent, generally the goal is to make money. » This sector is insufficiently supported by public authorities and institutional actors, to his liking. But he is doing well. “Independent publishing will survive because there will always be crazy people who want to get started. »

“True diversity”

David Meulemans travels to events like the Saintes salon to meet readers. The writer Gilles Marchand, who will also be present on Friday, is also available to defend independent publishing. “There is real diversity, real editorial freedom. These people are fighting for literature. »

The media library was transformed into the colors of the event.


The media library was transformed into the colors of the event.

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Several of his novels have been published Aux Forges de Vulcain. The last one, “The Out-of-Tune Soldier”, achieved great success, notably winning the Booksellers’ Prize in 2023. Lyricist and lover of various instruments, he adapted his novel into musical reading. He will present this performance Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Salle des Jacobins, accompanied by Emmanuel Gross on violin and Cigarbox guitar. The former drummer sees bridges between music and writing. “I am very sensitive to rhythm: it affects my sentences. I prefer a syntax error to a problem with rhythm. »

Two days of meetings

Friday, May 3, writing workshop upon registration at 05 46 98 23 84. Opening drink at 6 p.m. followed by the musical reading “Le Soldat décondé” by Gilles Marchand. FREE ENTRANCE.
On Saturday, the media library opens at usual times, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Around fifteen authors and publishers provide signings and participate in meetings. The 2024 “Readers’ Prize” will be awarded at the end of the premiere, at 10:30 a.m. At 4 p.m., Salle de l’Étoile, “Marre, marre, marre”, poetic and musical show for ages 5 and up. At 6 p.m., “Bakari”, a musical tale created by the trumpet class of the Music Conservatory, is presented at 6 p.m. at the same place. Free admission.

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