On this episode I’m joined by Nicolas Roche.
Nicolas and I were colleagues for a short while, in another lifetime it seems, at Editions Stock. I am glad I got to interview him in his capacity as Managing Director of the Bureau International de l’Edition Française, or in short, the BIEF.
Together with his team, Nicolas is charged with promoting French publishing abroad. We discuss in detail what this really entails, how his publishing career got started, a brief history of the BIEF, and how the pandemic has impacted his day-to-day activities.
In normal, non-pandemic times his job requires a great amount of international travel, so as you can imagine, things have changed quite a bit since March 2020.
Here are some of the questions I asked Nicolas:
- Hervé Le Tellier, L'Anomalie (Gallimard, 2020; forthcoming in the US with Other Press in November 2021 as The Anomaly, in a translation by Adriana Hunter)
- Tiffany Tavernier, L'Ami (Sabine Wespieser, 2021; we haven't been able to find any information about a forthcoming English translation)
Nicolas Roche has more than thirty years' experience in publishing. First editor at Gallimard Jeunesse, he then had sales responsibilities in several publishing houses including Retz, Nathan, Magnard-Vuibert and Plon-Perrin, followed by his position as General Manager of Editions Stock (Hachette book group). Prior to joining the BIEF, he was CEO of Centre Pompidou Publishing.
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