RARA-AVIS: Re: French Convention in Frontignan (FIRN 2006)

From: E.Borgers ( webeurop@yahoo.fr)
Date: 19 Jun 2006


It was the Frontigan Convention -Festival International du Roman Noir - from 6 to 11 june. A yearly event (2006 is the ninth) which is amongst the two best of France about noir lit. This event is known by some authors members of the R-A list (like Vicki Hendricks and others). I couldn't be there for the full program, but was there during Saturday
(the most interesting day this year)
. Guest of honor: Elmore "Dutch" Leonard (needs no introduction here, I think). Interesting public interview of this veteran of noir, with some good takes on his experiences with Hollywood, film makers, stars and book options... When I questioned him about his famous "ten rules" for writing a good novel, he confirmed that he still stick on them:
"...results of a long experience". Also some good explanation about his writing style evolution and the chase for minimalism therein.

Among the other guests (not exhaustive): the Americans: Ace Atkins, Larry Beinhart the Brits: Peter May (for the recent translation of his "Chinese" series of thrillers), Mark Billingham (best-seller kind of thrillers), Maureen O'Brian the French: prominent were J-B Pouy (godfather of the small publishers and talented noir novellist), Fran篩s Gu鲩f (essayist, specialist of American noir lit and cinema... but better know these days for his leading of the Rivages publishing house, devoted to noir and H-B), Claude Mespl褥 (polar archivist and a specialist for dictionaries concerning mystery lit).

There was also an event for "comics" makers with signing sessions. Comics (BD, in French) is a very very popular medium in France and Belgium, and more important gatherings happen in other cities, all along the year.

The warm temperature allowed a "long good-bye dinner" with a gigantic mussel barbecue (French style) and buffet close to the beach. And the local white wine (of very good origin) was flowing the whole night long. A very good organization, a friendly atmosphere (due to the excellent work by the organizer and founder: Michel Gueorguieff and the full collaboration of the city council).

E.Borgers POLAR NOIR http://www.geocities;com/polarnoir

William Denton :
> On 18 June 2006, E.Borgers wrote:
>> I'm late with my mails, having traveled for two weeks in the South of
>> France and participating also to a Convention devoted to noir
>> literature.
> What convention was that? Was it interesting?
> Bill


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