France prepares for La Rentrée Littéraire

France prepares for La Rentrée Littéraire

The number of novels published in France during La Rentrée Littéraire between mid-August and end of October will total 607 this year, up from 555 last year, but well down on the peak of 727 in 2007, according to the trade publication Livres Hebdo.
 
Of the total, French titles will account for 404, up from 357 in 2013, and foreign titles 203, up from 198. The bestselling foreign authors lined up include Thomas Pynchon, Antonio Tabucchi, 2013 literature Nobel prizewinner Alice Munro, Siri Hustvedt and Haruki Murakami.
 
Among the French heavyweights are Amélie Nothomb, Emmanuel Carrère, David Foekinos, Frédéric Beigbeder and Eric Reinhardt.
 
The rentrée littéraire, a post-summer holiday tradition in France, "is certainly not a strange and elitist rite," commented the afternoon newspaper Le Monde, but without doubt helps promote the French people’s exceptional attachment to books.
 
This period, together with the autumn literary prize season, represents publishers’ strategic sales for the end of the year, French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) president Vincent Montagne told the newspaper. The hope is these will help offset the trade’s lacklustre last few months.