John B. Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His publications include Ideology and Modern Culture (1990), The Media and Modernity (1995), Political Scandal (2000), Books in the Digital Age (2005), Merchants of Culture (2010, 2012) and Book Wars (2021). His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences in 2001 for Political Scandal.
Julien Lefort-Favreau is Assistant Professor in the Department of French Studies at Queen's University (Kingston, Canada). His main publications are: Henri Deluy, ici et ailleurs (with Saskia Deluy), Le Temps des cerises, 2017; Politique de l'autobiographie. Engagements et subjectivités (with Jean-François Hamel and Barbara Havercroft), Nota Bene, 2017; Pierre Guyotat politique, Lux éditeur, 2018; Le luxe de l'indépendance. Réflexions sur le monde du livre, Lux éditeur, 2021. Since 2012, he is a member of the editorial board of the journal Liberté.
Gisèle Sapiro is director of research at the EHESS and director of research at the CNRS, member of the Academia Europae. An expert in the sociology of intellectuals, literature, censorship, publishing and translation, she is the author of La Guerre des écrivains, 1940-1953 (Fayard 1999); La Responsabilité de l'écrivain (Seuil 2011); Les Écrivains et la politique en France (Seuil 2018); Peut-on dissocier l'œuvre de l'auteur ? (Seuil 2020; Spanish and Portuguese translations); Des mots qui tuent (Points Seuil 2020). She has also copublishing : Translatio. Le marché de la traduction en France à l'heure de la mondialisation (CNRS Eds 2008); Les Contradictions de la globalisation éditoriale (Nouveau Monde 2009; trad. esp.); L'Espace intellectuel en Europe (La Découverte 2009); Traduire la littérature et les sciences humaines (DEPS 2012); Sciences humaines en traduction (Institut français 2014, online).
José Bellver is an economist and specialist in ecological issues. He has been a lecturer at the University of Valladolid and a researcher at the FUHEM Ecosocial Foundation, which promotes social justice, democracy and sustainability through education and research on ecological and social issues. At FUHEM, he has also worked in the field of publishing, notably for the journal Papeles de relaciones ecosociales y cambio global, and for the annual reports of the Worldwatch Institute.
Ana Gallego Cuiñas is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Granada. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Philology and a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She has worked in the Ramón y Cajal programme and has been a visiting scholar at UCLA, Princeton, Paris-Sorbonne, Buenos Aires and Yale. She is the director of the R&D projects ECOEDIT, on independent publishing in Spain and America, and FEMENEDIT, on women publishers.
Born in Valencia in 1975, María José Gálvez holds a doctorate in law from the University of Valencia. She did several research fellowships at Harvard, Pisa and Brussels. She has been editorial and training director at the Tirant lo Blanch publishing house. Previously, she was advisor to two first vice-presidents of the government, deputy director of the office of the president of the Congress of Deputies, assistant to the European Parliament, lecturer at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and tutor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the UNED. She is currently Director General of Books and Reading Promotion at the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Kenza Sefrioui is a cultural journalist, literary critic and publisher. Co-founder of the publishing house En toutes lettres and cultural activist, she is the author of a study on the book in Morocco: Le livre à l’épreuve, les failles de la chaîne au Maroc (En toutes lettres, 2017). She also wrote her thesis on La Revue Souffles (1966-1973), Espoirs de révolution culturelle au Maroc (Sirocco, 2013, Prix Grand Atlas 2013).
Anaïs Massola is President of the Association pour l'écologie du livre (France) which, since its creation in 2019, has been working to disseminate the concept of ecology in the book and reading sector, as well as in civil society. Anaïs Massola also runs the bookshop Le rideau rouge, in Paris.
Esther Merino arrived in France in 1997. In 2012, she left her position as Communications Director and created Sol y Lune Éditions, a publishing house specialising in the publication of contemporary Spanish authors. In 2019, Esther took over Les Monédières, a generalist publishing house with multiple collections that she now manages, focusing on the quality of the texts. Very involved in the development of the publishing profession, Esther is now President of AENA (Association des Éditeurs en Nouvelle-Aquitaine) and Secretary of the recently created FEDEI (Federation of Independent Publishers).
For more than two decades, Alfonso Serrano worked in very different places in the book ecosystem, in France, Spain and several Latin American countries. In recent years, he has focused his efforts on the publishing house La Oveja Roja and the bookshop Contrabandos.
Ronny Agustinus is an editor and translator at Marjin Kiri publishers (Indonesia). Founded in 2005, Marjin Kiri is a left-wing publishing house specialising in humanities, social sciences, Marxist books, literature and progressive politics. Ronny is an avid reader of Latin American literature.
Paulo Slachevsky is co-director and co-founder of Lom ediciones, and a photographer, editor and journalist. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters of France. He is the author of the photography book Fragmentos de un despertar (2021). He was founding president of the Chilean Publishers Association and is the current coordinator of the Spanish-speaking publishers' network of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers.
Julia Ortiz has a degree in literature (Universidad de la República). She has worked as a proofreader, and as a researcher at the FHCE (on topics related to translation). She has taught Spanish and was tutoring the online postgraduate course “La práctica de la escritura" (FLACSO). She is a lecturer at the Tecnicatura Universitaria on issues of style correction (FHCE). She has been managing the publishing house Criatura editora since its creation in 2011.
Mohamed El-Baaly is an Egyptian publisher, writer and cultural activist. In 2009, he co-founded Sefsafa Publishing House that has published more than 300 titles and proved to be one of the most active small publishing houses in Egypt since then. Mohamed El-Baaly was involved in the Arab Spring from the beginning and committed to the movement of change in the region.
Antoaneta Koleva is director of KX Critique & Humanism – a publishing house producing books mainly in humanities and social sciences. Philosopher by education, she has specialized philosophy, translation, publishing management in France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, USA, etc. Antoaneta has also translated more than 20 volumes of contemporary philosophy. Author of texts in Bulgarian, English, French and German on the intellectual heritage of the postmodern tradition, on translating and publishing humanities. Initiator of experimental projects for alternative public promotion of books.
Garazi Arrula Ruiz (Tafalla, 1987) is an editor at Txalaparta. She presented her doctoral thesis on self-translation in 2018 (UPV/EHU), and has translated literary works for adults and children into Basque. She is also the author of two books and participates in various cultural events.
Gilles Colleu taught publishing and editorial skills for almost thirty years at the University of Paris XIII, then at Aix-en-Provence. For several years he was also the production director of Actes Sud and directed its digital division. He was one of the founders of the Alliance Lab of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers. He is the author of children’s books, both print and digital, and of the book Éditeurs indépendants : de l’âge de raison vers l’offensive ?. The latter, published in 2007, sets out the essential conditions for the existence of bibliodiversity in the era of the financialisation of cultural industries. He co-founded with Jutta Hepke the publishing house Vents d'ailleurs and currently runs the book printing house Yenooa.
Susan Hawthorne is the co-founder with Renate Klein of the independent feminist publishing house, Spinifex Press. From 2012 to 2016 she was the English language network coordinator of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers and in 2014 she released her book, Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing, available in Arabic, French, Spanish, German and Czech languages. She lives in Australia and is Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, Townsville.
Samar is a Palestinian-Syrian born owner and publisher of Atlas publishing House (Damascus, Syria) since 2001. She participated in and organized many workshops, round tables, and conferences related to the book industry and cultural issues in Syria, Lebanon and abroad. She is the co-author of the book Regards sur l’édition dans le monde arabe a collective publication of researchers on the book industry in the Arab world (Karthala, Paris, 2016). Member of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers since 2009, she is currently the coordinator of the Arabic Language Network.
Born in 1975 in Maroua, Cameroon, she is a Cameroonian writer and feminist activist. Her first novel Walaande ; l’art de partager un mari, published in 2010, brought her immediate recognition. Her novel, Munyal ; les larmes de la patience, was published in 2017 and in 2018 won the selection of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers, then, in 2019, the Pan-African Press Prize and the Orange Book Prize in Africa. Published in France in 2020 under the title Les Impatientes, the book is a finalist for the Prix Goncourt and winner of the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. In the wake of this, the book has also been awarded the Goncourt Choix de l'Orient, and prizes in the UK, Tunisia, Serbia, Algeria, Czech Republic, and Greece, as well as the AIMF Literary Prize. In 2012, she founded the Association Femmes du Sahel for the education and development of women in North Cameroon. Djaïli Amadou Amal was awarded the National Order of Valour.
Tomaz Adour, 50, is an economist and historian, with an MBA in Marketing. Editor at Vermelho Marinho, which specializes in Brazilian and classic authors, has published over 1000 titles since 1998. He is currently president of LIBRE – Liga Brasileira de Editoras Independentes, which advocates bibliodiversity and opportunities for more than 170 independent publishers in Brazil.
She founded the bookshop Prediff in 1995. In 2004, she founded the publishing house Jeunes Malgaches, specialising in children's books. She has been fighting against foreign book donations without beneficiary consultations since 2007 and organises activities to promote reading for disadvantaged children with her association APLEM. She is also an author who has already published 9 titles in Malagasy.
Trained as a historian, David Murray has been working in the book industry since 2004 and has been an editor at Écosociété since 2012. Since the early 2000s, he has been involved in the anti-globalisation and degrowth movements, and from 2008 to 2012 he co-edited L’objecteur de croissance, the journal of the Mouvement québécois pour une décroissance conviviale. Having written for various publications and hosted a public affairs radio show for nearly 10 years on CISM in Montreal, he also co-edited the books Creuser jusqu’où ? Extractivisme et limites à la croissance (with Yves-Marie Abraham, Écosociété, 2015) and Aux origines de la décroissance. Cinquante penseurs (with Cédric Biagini and Pierre Thiesset, Écosociété/Le pas de côté/L'échappée, 2016). He also participated in the collective works Décroissance. Vocabulaire pour une nouvelle ère (Écosociété, 2016) and Le progrès m’a tuer. Leur écologie et la nôtre (L'échappée/Le pas de côté, 2016), and collaborated on Éric Pineault's book, Le piège Énergie Est. Sortir de l’impasse des sables bitumineux (Écosociété, 2017).
Corinne Fleury was born in Mauritius and lives in France. After studying literature and publishing in France, she founded the Atelier des Nomades with Anthony Vallet in 2010. Through her publishing house, she aims to promote the literature of the islands of the Indian Ocean. The company publishes children’s books, novels, and coffee table books in French, English and Creole. Corinne Fleury is also a children’s book author and is involved in initiatives to promote reading in Mauritius. She is the organiser of the Mauritius Children’s Book Festival.
Born in Timbuktu (Mali), Ibrahima Aya is an agricultural engineer, writer, and publisher. Co-founder of Editions Tombouctou, he lives in Bamako where, in parallel to his literary and publishing activities, he works as an agronomist. Ibrahima Aya is the co-founder and director of the "Rentrée littéraire du Mali", the leading literary event in Mali, created in 2008 and whose 14th edition will take place from 15 to 19 February 2022 on the theme "Territories and Imaginations".
Barbora Baronová is an award-winning independent publisher and literary documentarian. Since 2012, she is running and curating the wo-men publishing house. She focuses on art books that combine non-fiction writing and photography. As a lecturer and consultant of book projects, she specializes in self-publishing, independent publishing, bibliodiversity and inclusion of non-mainstream voices.
Azadeh Parsapour is a publisher and journalist based in the UK. She has worked in different publications as a copy-editor for years back in Iran. She moved to the UK in 2010 and studied journalism in London Metropolitan University. She is the managing editor of Nogaam e-Publishing that launched in December 2012 in London. Nogaam Publishing uses crowdfunding to publish Iranian censored authors. Parsapour is also the founder of 'Tehran Book Fair, Uncensored' which is an annual book fair for Persian books published outside of Iran by independent publishers free of censorship.
Editor, translator, and co-founder of Metis Publishers. She acted many years as the Writers in Prison Committee Chair of PEN Turkey. She was the coordinator of the English-speaking network of International Alliance of Independent Publishers between 2016-2020. Her works include World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), which brings together the proceedings of the WTI, an independent collective effort against the war waged on Iraq.
Dante Gonzalez is a publisher, cultural manager and poet. He studied Andean literature and anthropology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru). He was director of the publishing house Andesbooks, and co-editor of the journal Lhymen, Cultura y literatura and the poetry collection Sotto voce. He has worked at the Institute of Peruvian Studies, in the programme Leer es Estar Adelante. He is one of the founders of the Casa de la Literatura Peruana where he served as director of the editorial fund in 2019. He currently runs the publishing house Pakarina Ediciones. His poetry and research have been published in various collections and magazines.