The 2023 edition of the Brive Book Fair, from November 10 to 12, is presented in the same format as last year with one certainty: the program promises to be very rich and you will certainly not have time to get bored!


A word from President François David

“We are creators of meetings, we sow seeds” indicates François David, the President of the event. 

“It’s not a contingent of authors with whom we exchange before they leave and there is real work upstream in the classes.”  

The Book Fair begins on Thursday for schools. Around a hundred authors will meet them on Thursdays and Fridays of the event.

View of an author's hand signing a book

Three meeting places in 2023

Three meeting places are offered this year:

  • the Space of the Three Provinces (with its 2500 m²) will welcome comics and children's authors. Families will thus be well received. Entertainment is also planned. 
  • La Guierle  will welcome authors of general literature. 
  • Several emblematic places in the city center : the Media Library which will host a major exhibition and meetings, the Ouvroir, the auditorium and also the Labenche Museum.

The program of President Florence Aubenas

The journalist at Le Monde and author of numerous works will welcome around ten guests, mixing literature, documents and essays in resonance with her journalistic work. A program of literary meetings, proposed by Florence Aubenas:

  • LET'S TALK WORK: meeting with Florence Aubenas (Here and Elsewhere, L'Olivier) and Laurent Garcia, whistleblower on the issue of EHPADs, hosted by Éric Fottorino (Le 1 hebdo)
  • WRITING THE REAL: meeting with Florence Aubenas and the novelist Maylis de Kerangal (Canoës, Verticales)
  • WAR AND MAJOR REPORT: meeting with Florence Aubenas, the writer and journalist Jean Hatzfeld (You will find her, Gallimard) and the fixer Kaveh Seyed Hosseini
  • MISCELLANEOUS FACTS: meeting with Florence Aubenas and the writer and journalist Antoine Albertini (A Very Honest Bandit, JC Lattès)
  • Currently being programmed: tribute to Georges Simenon
  • Meeting with Florence Aubenas, Timothée de Fombelle and Jul, Grand Guests of the Book Fair

The Poetry Fair

L'Ouvroir, a cultural venue in the historic heart of Brive, hosts the program of the Book Fair dedicated to poetry. This year it will be the location of a program dedicated to poetry and imagined by the general commissioner François David, in association with a group of volunteers who bring poetry to life in the region throughout the year. Works by children from the Roger Gouffault school will be exhibited there. As a preamble to this program, 700 schoolchildren from Briivre will offer a stroll on Thursday and Friday with poetry declamation between the Labenche museum, the Conservatory, the St-Libéral Chapel, the media library, the kiosk and the greenway.


  • Film Paul Valéry
    Presentation of the Cours le court trophy, poetic short film competition (to be confirmed).
    FRIDAY, 18 p.m. 
  • Christian Bobin or the missing part
    Immerse yourself in the poet's imaginary museum and his references to painters, writers and musicians. Readings punctuated with musical interludes by Laurent Bourreau (piano).
    SATURDAY, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Grand Prize for Poetry of the Académie Mallarmé
    Presentation of the 2023 prize to Béatrice Bonhomme, readings by the winner and Bossuet's students followed by a round table: “What does poetry resist? ".
    SATURDAY, 14 p.m. - 17:30 p.m.
  • Poems of the world
    Light on oriental poetry in partnership with the France Proche Orient association: Conference by Ali Ibrahim on aesthetics in Arabic poetry then poetry by Omar Khayyam recited by Anas Alexis Chebib (musical accompaniment by Nouri Almohamad, Alban Guyonnet, Layale singing Jobran).
    Light on African poetry. Nimrod's conference: The African poet of yesterday and today – French-speaking poetry then recitative time of African poetry, musical accompaniment by the Mandinka orchestra of the Conservatory.
    SUNDAY, 14 p.m. - 16 p.m.
  • Poems of my life : the meetings scheduled at L'Ouvroir will be punctuated by interventions from guests of the Book Fair who will come and say the poem that has marked or accompanied their lives.

Download the complete program of the Book Fair:

Program for Friday, November 10  

Program for Saturday November 11

Program for Sunday November 12