Le Livre de Poche, the paperback subsidiary of Hachette Livre, will soon publish a compilation of texts from some of its authors in tribute to the victims of the shooting at Charlie Hebdo nearly two weeks ago.
The publisher’s profits from sales of the as-yet-untitled book, which will retail for €5, will go to the satirical weekly. Culture minister Fleur Pellerin also announced yesterday (Monday 19th January) that the government would provide funds to ensure the financially-strapped magazine survive.
The book will include classic and contemporary texts and will be exported to the UK and other countries, a company spokesperson said. For the classics, these will include Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Beaumarchais, Diderot and Albert Londres, according to the French trade publication Livres Hebdo.
Among the living authors who have contributed texts are Jacques Attali, Frédéric Beigbeder, Bernard-Henri Lévy and Bernard Pivot. Nearly 60 had signed up, or been signed up, by last night.