SPECIAL GUESTS : OLIVIER WEBER | ÉRIC FOTTORINO

Writer, adventurer and great war reporter, former French ambassador... Olivier WEBER will be one of the guests of honor at the 21st edition of the Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage.

Olivier Weber began his career working for various French and British newspapers, then for Le Point. His first book, Voyage au Pays de toutes les Russies, reveals a melancholic chronicler with a style that is both rough and warm.

Olivier Weber then became a war correspondent. For twenty years, he covered some twenty armed conflicts and stayed with fifteen or so guerrilla movements. He wrote several travel books and novels, including the best-selling Le Faucon afghan and Le Barbaresque, and won the most important journalism and literature prizes : the Albert Londres Prize, the Lazareff Prize, the Special War Correspondents Prize, the Joseph Kessel Prize and the Adventure Prize. He left the field of reporting to devote himself to books and to mount adventure expeditions or humanitarian missions.  After directing several films and documentaries for the cinema, including Gold Fever, he was appointed French ambassador-at-large. In this capacity, he spoke at the United Nations to denounce human trafficking, slavery, human rights violations, and state corruption, and traveled to every continent to meet with the victims of trafficking. He wrote the book Les Impunis, a journey into the banality of evil, and then gave up his job to devote himself to travelling and writing. His novels and stories have been translated into a dozen languages.

Schedule :

  • Big conference “Go and see and let people know” – Saturday, November 20 from 2 to 3:30 pm (Polydome – Amphitheater)
  • Meeting around his book “Au Royaume de la lumière” (Published by Terre humaine Plon) – Sunday, November 21 from 10:30 to 11:15 (Polydome – Espace rencontres)
  • Signing sessions (Polydome – Bookstore) – Saturday, November 20 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Sunday, November 21 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm

Éric FOTTORINO has been a journalist and writer for over 30 years. Former director of the newspaper Le Monde, he is the co-founder of the media America, Le 1, Zadig and Légende.

Éric Fottorino is a French writer and journalist, who was the head of the newspaper Le Monde. If his job as a reporter has sometimes inspired novels (Nordeste, about a child trader in Brazil, Coeur d’Afrique, about a famine caused in an imaginary country in the Sahel), writing has been above all for him an attempt, book after book, to question his origins, the silence and secrecy that enveloped his identity, the real or fantasized links he could have had with North Africa and the Jewish world through “his” fathers.

This journalism enthusiast recounts his thirty-year career in Mon tour du Monde and in 2014 launched Le 1, a weekly magazine that deals with a current issue through different eyes: writers, researchers, philosophers, artists, etc. A way for Éric Fottorino and his team to present the news in a different way.

Schedule :

  • Public interview – Friday, November 19 at 11:30 am (Polydome – Exhibition area on the ground floor)
  • Signing session: Friday, November 19 – from 2:30 to 3:30 pm (Polydome – Bookshop)