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Mar 22, 2011

Olivier Barrot, Host: UN LIVRE UN JOUR

Olivier Barrot has presented the literary program Un livre, un jour (A Book a Day) daily on channels France 3 and TV 5 Monde since 1991. In 2009, the year in which he celebrated his 4,000th program, he created Un livre toujours (Always a Book), a weekly program devoted to paperback books.

Along with Thierry Taittinger, Olivier Barrot is the co-founder of Senso. He has been co-director of the magazine since 2001. He has worked as a journalist for Le Monde, where he has written the “Books” and “Travel” sections since 1986, for the Canal+ TV (“demain” (Tomorrow) then “la grande famille” (The Extended Family) from 1988 to 1992) and for Pariscope, as founder-manager of the Parispoche (Pocket-Paris) supplement.

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Gaston Gallimard, the  son of a family of wealthy art collectors, took over the Nouvelle Revue française from his friend André Gide more than 100 years ago to establish a "publishing counter" and an enduring company which has remained independent and successful ever since.  Most major writers – French and otherwise – have appeared in Gallimard’s impressive catalogs over the past century.  Jacques Rivière, Jean Paulhan, André Malraux, Albert Camus and Philippe Sollers, have all worked with Gallimard. The company publishes in all genres – from poems to detective novels – in either its famous white-covered paperbacks or its prestigious Bibliothèque de la Pléiade collection.

I met with Olivier recently in Ottawa to talk about this impressive publishing house, and how one might best go about collecting its books. Please listen here:

This interview is part of our  Book Publisher Series which focuses on the histories of important British, American and Canadian publishing houses, and how best to go about collecting their works.



g its books. Please listen here: