Akli Tadjer was born in Paris to parents of Algerian descent. He has written seven novels. His first book Les A.N.I. du Tassili won the Georges Brassens Prize. It was followed by Courage et Patience (Courage and Patience) which won the Afrique Méditerranéenne Award, Alphonse and the Porteur de Cartable (The Satchel Carrier) which was adapted for television. For Bel-Avenir, he was awarded the Populiste Prize.

Il était une fois…peut-être pas (Once upon a Time… Maybe Not) won the AuFeminin.com Prize, and the Var Prize and is to be adapted by France Television this year. His latest novel Western was published in October 2009.

Catherine Enjolet, novelist, essayist and university professor, combines literature and social action. Silence is a continuous theme. She writes to defy the unspeakable and the devastation it engenders: “Silence kills us” she says.
Writing and action converge in her humanitarian work and her skillful intervention efforts throughout the world. In both her social action and her writing, she applies her concept of the bonds of meaning.
Her first novel met with critical success. Her writing is sober, her narrative intense.“Catherine Enjolet continues to confirm her talent as a writer. She seduces with her style and moves us with her depth. ” (Le Monde)

Yasmina Khadra, nom de plume of Mohamed Moulessehoul, is a former officer in the Algerian army. He has been writing since 1984, when the reading public discovered his first novel Morituri. His other novels have all been extremely successful. In 2006 he won the Bookseller’s Award for The Attack and in 2008, the France Television prize for What the Day Owes the Night. This novel was voted best novel of 2008. Today Yasmina Khadra’s books are translated into 33 languages. Most of his novels have been adapted for the cinema. He is currently director of the Algerian Cultural Center in Paris. His latest novel is entitled Olympus of the Unfortunate, published by Editions Julliard in 2010.

Delphine de Vigan worked in a number of different fields before deciding to devote all of her time to writing. She is the author of five novels and has written for the cinema.
De Vigan’s 2007 novel, No et moi (published in English as No and Me) received the French Prix des Libraires (Bookseller’s Prize). It has been translated in to twenty languages and is currently being adapted for the cinema by filmmaker Zabou Breitman.
Les Heures Souterraines (Underground Hours), published in 2009, was shortlisted for France’s prestigious Goncourt Prize and awarded the Figaro Découverte (Discovery) Prize. It too has been translated into numerous languages.

Jean-Marie Rouart’s first novel, La Fuite en Pologne (Running to Poland), was published in 1974. Subsequent novels include the award-winning Les Feux du Pouvoir (The Bright Lights of Power), winner of the 1977 Interallié prize, and Avant-guerre (Before the War), winner of 1983 Renaudot prize. Rouart has also written numerous essays, including a prize-winning biography of the Duke of Morny entitled Ils ont choisi la nuit (They chose the night), and a biography of Cardinal de Bernis. In 1997, Rouart was elected to the Académie Française (official authority on the French language), where he holds the Georges Duby chair.

A native of the Lyon area (Chalon-sur-Saône), 55-year-old Pierre Vavasseur is head reporter in the cultural division of the French newspaper Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France.
Vavasseur has written four novels, including Recommencer (Beginning again), published in January 2010, and Le Jour où j’ai quitté ma femme(The Day I Left My Wife), winner of the 2004 Prix du roman d’amour (love story award). Vavasseur is also the author of Le Guide des 100 romans incontournables (Guide to 100 essential novels), Le Guide des 100 premières phrases incontournables (Guide to 100 unforgettable first sentences) and 100 histoires drôles incontournables (100 unforgettable jokes) published in May 2010.

Novelist, historian, and journalist Gonzague Saint Bris is the author of nearly forty books. His novel Les Vieillards de Brighton (The Old Men of Brighton) received France’s 2002 Interallié Prize (attributed to a novel written by a journalist), and he won the 2006 Prix des Romancières (attributed by a jury of women writers and artists) for L’Enfant de Vinci (The de Vinci Child).
Saint Bris has worked in media ranging from radio to television to the press. He was a pioneer of free radio, has created cultural videos, and has held leadership positions in newspaper and book publishing. He is the founder and president of the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival as well as La Forêt des Livres (The Book Forest), a book signing festival held in the middle of a wood.

Author and publisher (Editions Phébus) Daniel Arsand, previously bookseller and literary critic, clearly thrives in the literary world.
In 1998, Arsand was awarded the French Fémina Prize for the best first novel for La Province des Ténèbres (published in English as The Land of Darkness). His widely acclaimed talent was confirmed two years later, when he received the Jean Giono Prize for En Silence(Silently), a fantastic tale of a terrible curse.
Arsand subsequently delved into the past in a poignant autobiography, Ivresses des Fils (The drunkenness of sons), published in 2004. His latest novel, Des Amants (Lovers) was published in 2008 and explores passion and homosexuality.

Born in Trinidad, Neil Bissoondath moved to Canada at age 18. In 1994, his essay on multiculturalism, Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada marked his (controversial) entrance on the literary scene.
An English language writer, Bissoondath has been consistently praised for his novels. They include The Worlds within Her, Doing the Heart Good, and The Unyielding Clamor of the Night. He was awarded Quebec’s Hugh MacLennan Prize in both 2002 and 2005.
Bissoondath currently teaches creative writing at Laval University (Quebec), and his latest novel, Postcards from Hell was published in September.

Famous French television journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor holds the record for the most televised newscasts, yet he has always pursued his writing career as well, and he is the author of nearly sixty works of fiction and non-fiction.

In 2010, two of his most recent books received high praise. La Bretagne vue par Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (Brittany viewed by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor) is a brilliant declaration of love for the Brittany region; Un mot de vous, mon amour (Words from you, my love) is an anthology of favorite love letters constituting a veritable ode to passion and a deep tribute to great poets and writers.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor and his brother have recently co-authored Jusqu’au bout de leur rêves (All the way to the end of their dreams), a book celebrating the adventurers that have nourished their dreams. Finally, his latest book, Hemingway, la vie jusqu’à l’excès (Hemingway, life to an excess) is scheduled for publication by Arthaud in 2011.