Obituary: Lola Salines and Ariane Theiller

Obituary: Lola Salines and Ariane Theiller

Two young French editors, Lola Salines and Ariane Theiller, were killed at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan in Paris on 13th November.

Salines, 29, started out her publishing career as an intern with Gründ in Paris, after obtaining a management degree at the ESSCA business school and a Master’s in publishing from the Sorbonne. She left for Canada in 2009, where she spent nine months with Editions de l’Homme, and in 2011 returned to Gründ, which is part of the Editis group, to look after the Science & Vie and Pour les Nuls Junior [Dummies for Children] at Editions First. A self-confessed geek, Salines was put in charge of the Edi 8 department’s new 404 Editions label four months ago, and would have started publishing YouTubers’ books and video- game guides next January. Full of life and curiosity, she “prevented me from becoming a stupid old man”, said Vincent Barbare, Edi 8 chief. The best tribute would be “to develop the 404 label in which [Salines] had invested so much”, he added.

Theiller, 23, joined Rustica magazine as an editorial assistant in September after studying languages and literature in Caen and Orléans and obtaining a Master’s degree in publishing in Strasbourg. Interspersed with her studies, Theiller was an intern with the Librairie Passion Culture bookshop in Orléans, Flammarion Jeunesse (for adolescents) and Urban Comics, which is part of Média-Participations and publishes Rustica.

Passionate about comics and graphic novels, Theiller “was so brilliant that her career in publishing was self-evident”, said Martine Gérardin, Rustica editorial director. Pôl Scorteccia, director of Urban Comics, said the young editor was intelligent, cheerful and well liked. “She was one of those people you never forget,” added Bénédicte Roux, an editorial manager at Flammarion Jeunesse-Père Castor.