Bruno Amato reserves the release of his latest novel for the Vimoutiers Book Fair

Bruno Amato reserves the release of his latest novel for the Vimoutiers Book Fair
Bruno Amato reserves the release of his latest novel for the Vimoutiers Book Fair


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May 15, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

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The writer Bruno Amato, who is also curator of the Vimoutiers Book Fair (Orne) organized by the Camembert Association at the Heart of History (ACCH), will present, on the occasion of this 5e edition, Saturday May 18, his latest novel, Sourire à la vie.

A “very positive” novel

“I am very happy to reserve its release in Vimoutiers” underlines the author, secretary of the society of authors of Normandy and Vimonastérien.

This new novel by Bruno Amato is intended to be “very positive, around the quest for happiness and twinhood, but also how to regain a taste for life and raise one’s head, in the face of adversity, in the face of difficulties, in the face of to mourning, thanks to letting go and the precious help of loved ones and family.”

Continue to smile at life

This story that he started writing two years ago, once Antoine’s Dreams completed, surprisingly echoes his own today.

Bruno Amato suffered the pain of losing his twin brother just a year ago. The title was also inspired by “a meeting with a friend who asked me: how are you?” I said to myself, there is no choice, we must continue to smile at life.”

Fight and find life beautiful

Because “raising your head, fighting and finding life beautiful, despite everything, is also a bit of my philosophy of life.

I have always believed that life is beautiful and that it should remain beautiful no matter what. I was finishing writing this novel when my brother died.

Bruno Amato

For this 14e novel, Bruno Amato had the desire “to write a positive story. People need that and resilience, although that word is a bit overused these days.”

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An impossible love story

For this new novel his wish was “to have a woman as a heroine, with Normandy as a setting, between Caen, Falaise and Cabourg”.

Bruno Amato let himself be “carried by the characters, with a complicated love story, difficult, even impossible at the beginning, while evoking the difficulties of the medical world between work overloads and the difficulties in finding new doctors”.

An expected release

Smile to life is for its author, a banking executive, “as unthinkable for me as expected. With each final point put to a novel, I tell myself that I will not succeed in writing a new one. But each time, the magic happens and the desire is reborn because writing is also a need.”

Readers are impatient

Moreover, Bruno Amato is already writing his 15e book. “It’s both complicated by the workload I have on a daily basis with my job and painful because there is a moment in writing a book where I question myself a lot. Doubt is always present when I write.”

Bruno Amato admits to having “a bit of pressure. On the networks, from what I can read, readers are impatient to read Sourire à la vie.”

Michel Onfray as godfather

Fifty authors are expected including the guests of honor will be the philosopher Michel Onfray (godfather), Philippe Risoli, leading host of game shows in the 1990s and actor, Anne Richard actress, actress and author, Annie Stone from the duo Stone and Charden, Catherine Bardon, author of the famous saga Les déracinés, Guillaume Huon whose Le Gardien sans rêve is one of the four titles selected for the Goncourt prize for the first novel awarded Tuesday May 14.

The Salon will also welcome Alain Decker, whose novel Days of Darkness won the Grand Prix des Investigators 2023, and Véronique de Haas, winner of the Quai des Orfèvres 2022 prize for her work La Muse rouge.

A conference with Anne Richard, Catherine Bardon and Carole Duplessy-Roussée

The day before the Show, Friday May 17, a conference will be organized on the theme “They indulge”, at the Pays d’Auge hall, from 7 p.m.

Carole Duplessy-Rousée, president of the Society of Normandy Authors ©Flohic Romain

Anne Richard, Catherine Bardon and Carole Duplessy-Rosée will speak at this free conference open to all.

Practical Saturday May 18, book fair of the Camembert Association at the Heart of History, Pays d’Auge hall, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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