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French authors at the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival

French authors at the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival
Franck Thilliez, Olivier Truc and Romain Puértolas
15 - 17 May 

Three notorious French authors will join the 170 local and international writers invited to the international Franschhoek Literary Festival from 15 to 17 May: masters crime and detective writers, Franck Thilliez (Bred to kill, Syndrome E) and Olivier Truc (Forty days without shadow: an artic novel), as well as Romain Puértolas, who just toured the world with his international best seller, translated in 37 languages, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe (éd. La Dilettante, 2013. Penguin Random House 2014 for English version), and launched his equally successful second novel The Little Girl Who Swallowed A Cloud As Big As The Eiffel Tower (La Dilettante, 2015). 

Festival programme available on http://www.flf.co.za/programme/1/

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Franck Thilliez

Franck Thilliez

Scheduled events:
Friday 15 May 10am Congregational Church "Trade Secrets"
Saturday 16 May 4pm Congregational Church "What a Plot I've Got!"
Sunday 17 May 10am Congregational Church "Brothers in Crime"

FRANCK THILLIEZ (41) lives in a small town in the north of France. He was a computer engineer before he began writing, but it was his love of cinema that inspired the novel Syndrome E, a scientifically minded thriller about two detectives investigating the sudden onset of blindness after a viewing of an obscure film from the 1950s. This book and its sequel, Bred to Kill, have been translated into English. Syndrome E will be a film produced by Indian Paintbrush/Paramount.

Twitter: @fthilliez

Olivier Truc

Olivier Truc  Philippe Matsas

Scheduled events:
Friday 15 May 10am Congregational Church "Trade Secrets"
Saturday 16 May 1pm Hospice Hall "Telling Tales or Tub-thumping?"
Sunday 17 May 10am Congregational Church "Brothers in Crime"

OLIVIER TRUC (48) has been a journalist since 1986, and based in Stockholm since 1994, where he is currently the regional correspondent for Le Monde. His news pieces, features and profiles cover politics, the economy and social issues like immigration and minorities, with a special interest in the Arctic. He also produces television documentaries about Nordic issues, including North Sea divers, children born to German fathers during World War II, the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden and reindeer herding in Lapland.

He has written three books: The Impostor (2006) and The Diver who Exploded (with Christian Catomeris, 2008) are both based on personal stories, in-depth portraits and interviews. His first novel, Forty Days Without Shadow (2014 in English) is a thriller steeped in Sami and Nordic culture, featuring two officers in the local Reindeer Police. Its sequel, The Wolf Strait (2014), is not yet available in English.

Twitter: @OlivierSweden

Romain Puértolas

Romain Puertolas

Scheduled events:

Friday 15 May 4pm Congregational Church Building Character
Saturday 16 May 4pm Protea Hotel 1 What's In a Title?
Sunday 17 May 11.30am Hospice Hall Subverting Genre

ROMAIN PUÉRTOLAS was born in Montpellier and has lived in France, Spain and the UK, where he has been a DJ, singer-songwriter, language teacher, translator-interpreter and steward. He has also worked as a police inspector with the French border service, specialising in document fraud. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe was a number one bestseller in France and has been sold to 35 countries.

Twitter: @RomainPuertolas

More about the festival

The first Franschhoek Literary Festival took place in 2007 with two main objectives:

To bring together a broad cross-section of mostly South African English-speaking writers and a few distinguished authors from overseas, aiming to present quality events that inspire and inform.

To raise funds for local community and school libraries, for which the FLF Library Fund was established.

The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May, preceded by the Book Week for Young Readers. The events take place in village venues within a few minutes' walk of each other, which creates a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers. FLF 2014 was the busiest and liveliest in the festival's eight-year history and many of the events were sold out in advance.

The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks. Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to nine one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each (except where otheriwise stated). Fringe events include literary and publishers' dinners, book launches, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, wine writers' prizes and classical music concerts. The FLF is honoured to host the shortlist announcements of the annual Sunday Times Literary Awards - the non fiction Alan Paton Award and the newly named Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Porcupine Ridge Wines and the Sunday Times have funded the FLF since 2010, and their support is essential to the planning and organisation of the festival.


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