Travelling Writers

The authors draw freely on the originality of the halt, the destination, the encounters, the local events.
In their capacity as Sofitel Literary Escapes Travelling Writers, they take part in festivals and events arranged by the hotel (encounters with readers, guests and local celebrities, press conferences, public readings, discussions, debates, etc.).
This innovative, cultural and human initiative helps form a bond between these addresses, but also between their guests who, whatever their background, discover in the process the French and foreign literatures, with the writer acting as a guide, but also have a chance to explore a destination through a Sofitel hotel.
More than sixty writers stayed in Sofitel hotels in the context of the operation, producing short stories that were published as a collection.

DANIEL ARSAND

Author and publisher (Editions Phébus) Daniel Arsand, previously bookseller and literary critic, clearly thrives in the literary world. In 1998,…

Tahar Ben Jelloun

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez in 1944 and pursued studies in philosophy. Doctor of social psychiatry and novelist,…

Philippe Besson

Philippe Besson, age 43, is the author of 10 novels. His novel L’Arrière-saison was inspired by a painting by American painter Edward…

NEIL BISSOONDATH

Born in Trinidad, Neil Bissoondath moved to Canada at age 18. In 1994, his essay on multiculturalism, Selling Illusions: The Cult…

Denise Bombardier

Denise Bombardier, journalist and writer, was born in Montréal (Québec). She holds master’s degree in political science from the Université…

PATRICK CHAMOISEAU

Born in Martinique, the French writer Patrick Chamoiseau is one of the principal theoreticians of the «Creolity» movement. His work…

Valérie Clo

She lives in the Paris area. She has worked in broadcasting for many years, chiefly as a script editor, and…

Emmanuelle de Boysson

A writer, journalist and president of the “La Closerie des Lilas” prize, Emmanuelle de Boysson has written around 15 successful…

Patrick de Carolis

Patrick de Carolis, journalist; writer, member of the Institute and director of the Marmottan Monet Museum, is the creator of…

Gérard de Cortanze

He is the bestselling author of nearly 80 books. His work has been translated into 25 languages and he has…

Tatiana de Rosnay

Tatiana de Rosnay is Franco-British, the author of 10 novels. Sarah’s Key is her first novel written in her mother tongue,…

Delphine de Vigan

Delphine de Vigan worked in a number of different fields before deciding to devote all of her time to writing.…

Gaston-Paul Effa

Born in Cameroon, Gaston-Paul Effa is Professor of Philosophy in Lorraine. He is the author of several essays including The…

Catherine Enjolet

Catherine Enjolet, novelist, essayist and university professor, combines literature and social action. Silence is a continuous theme. She writes to…

Vladimir Fedorovski

Vladimir Fedorovski is currently one of the most widely published Russian writers in France and Europe. His books, including the…

Dominique Fernandez

Dominique Fernandez is a graduate of the École normale supérieure and holds an advanced degree in Italian (1955). He began…

David Foenkinos

David Foenkinos is the author of 13 novels including Le Potentiel érotique de ma femme (The Erotic Potential of My Wife), Les Souvenirs(Memories)…

Irène Frain

Irène Frain wrote a dozen novels and historic works. She is often inspired by her trips and journeys or by…

Benoîte Groult

Benoîte Groult is a journalist, novelist and essayist. She had made contributions to several publications such as Elle and Marie-Claire before entering the literary…

Hervé Hamon

Hervé Hamon is a French writer, editor, filmmaker and scriptwriter who was born in 1946 in Brittany. After five years…

Philippe Jaenada

Philippe Jaenada is fifty years old, he lives in Paris with his wife and child. He has always written for…

Anaïs Jeanneret

Anaïs Jeanneret was born in Paris. After a career in acting, she wrote her first novel published by Stock in…

Yasmina Khadra

Yasmina Khadra, nom de plume of Mohamed Moulessehoul, is a former officer in the Algerian army. He has been writing…

Denis Labayle

Denis Labayle, a writer and physician, is the author of essays, short stories and novels. He has published several comments…

Fouad Laroui

Born in Morocco in 1958, Fouad Laroui settled in Amsterdam, where he teaches French literature. He is the author of…

Eduardo Manet

Born in Cuba in the 1930s, Eduardo Manet took French nationality in 1979. Passionate about writing from the age of…

Gilles Martin-Chauffier

Gilles Martin-Chauffier comes from Vannes, in Britanny. After studying at the famous business school “ESCP” in Paris and New York,…

Carole Martinez

She grew up in her grandmother Nini’s caretaker’s lodge in Paris. For all her tiny, wizened appearance, Nini was a…

Franck Maubert

The author Franck Maubert, born in 1955, divides his time between Paris and the Touraine region. An art critic for…

Eric Neuhoff

Born 4 July 1956, Eric Neuhoff is a journalist and writer. After studying French literature, he became a journalist at…

Patrick Poivre d'Arvor

Famous French television journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor holds the record for the most televised newscasts, yet he has always pursued…

Patricia Rezkinov

Patricia Reznikov is a Franco-American writer. Immersed since childhood in the literature of both her cultures, inspired by the history…

Ludivine Ribeiro

Ludivine Ribeiro was born in Geneva from an Indian father and a German mother. She wrote her first novel at…

Jean-Marie Rouart

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…

Jean-Christophe Rufin

He qualified as a doctor and committed himself to humanitarian causes. He was vice president of Doctors Without Borders and…

GONZAGUE SAINT BRIS

Novelist, historian, and journalist Gonzague Saint Bris is the author of nearly forty books. His novel Les Vieillards de Brighton (The Old…

Claude Sérillon

Claude Sérillon is a French writer and journalist. He began his career in 1970 at the regional daily Presse Océan. In…

Akli Tadjer

Akli Tadjer was born in Paris to parents of Algerian descent. He has written seven novels. His first book Les A.N.I.…

Pierre Vavasseur

A native of the Lyon area (Chalon-sur-Saône), 55-year-old Pierre Vavasseur is head reporter in the cultural division of the French…

Frederic Vitoux

Novelist Frederic Vitoux holds a PhD in French literature, and his doctoral thesis, devoted to Louis-Ferdinand Celine, was published by…

OLIVIER WEBER

Deeply committed French writer and reporter-at-large Olivier Weber began his journalistic career in the United States, subsequently becoming a war…