parallax background

The jurys of the book 2020

The Festival online
10 July 2020
Books in competition
10 July 2020
A jury composed of professionals of the writing, editions and storys of adventure, to award the Gold Fleece of the adventure book 2020:

Alexis Jenni

President of the jury for the book 2020

Writer, Alexis Jenni was born in Lyon in 1963. As a child, he already had a passion for literature (since the age of 8, he has been writing stories) and biology (he dreamed of planting trees in the desert). He is an agrégé in natural sciences and has been a professor of life and earth sciences. His first novel, L'Art français de la guerre (The French Art of War), published by Gallimard, won him the Prix Goncourt in 2011. Since then, he has written about twenty books: short stories, novels, essays on spirituality or on painting. In 2018, he won the historical novel prize for La Conquête des îles de la Terre ferme (The Conquest of the Mainland Islands) published by Gallimard. In 2020, he published J’aurais pu devenir millionnaire, j’ai choisi d’être vagabond (I could have become a millionaire, I chose to be a wanderer) published by Paulsen, a biography of the naturalist and traveller John Muir; an American writer, born in Scotland, who was one of the first modern naturalists and a pioneer of ecology.

More information.

The literary café on the afternoon of Friday 16 October, hosted by Bruno Corty, will provide an opportunity to meet Alexis Jenni.

Gaële de La Brosse

Responsible for the book price.

Writer, journalist and editor

Gaële de La Brosse has two passions: writing and walking. Co-founder of the journal and network Chemins d'étoiles (Star paths), she regularly contributes to the weekly magazine Le Pèlerin (The Pilgrim), for which she produces the monthly newsletter L'Echo des chemins (The Echo of the Paths) and organizes each year, in Paris, the Forum des chemins (Paths forum). She is a publisher at the Editions Salvator.

She is the author of several books, including Les Presses de la Renaissance, Tro Breiz, Les chemins du Paradis (Tro Breiz, the paths of Paradise), le Guide spirituel des chemins de Saint-Jacques (Spiritual Guide to the Way of St. James) and le Guide des chemins de pèlerinage (Guide to Pilgrimage Routes); and, also: L’Esprit des pèlerinages (The Spirit of Pilgrimages - Gründ), Brèves des chemins de Compostelle (Briefs of the Compostela Paths - Suzac), Le Petit Livre de la marche (The Little Book of Walking - Salvator)..

Plus d'info :

Marine de Tilly

Author, journalist, reporter and literary critic.

She collaborates with many french edition: 
Le Point, Le Figaro, Géo, Terre sauvage...
More information.

Jean-Louis Gouraud

Adventurer, writer and publisher of the equestrian world.

He has also created three specialized collections on the equestrian theme.

More information (French only).

Katia Fondecave

In charge of the pole documentary and digital supply at the Dijon Municipal Library.

Bruno Corty

Journalist (since 1995) and editor (since 2013) at the Figaro littéraire.

He is also author with, among others, Jean-Christophe Rufin, Sylvain Tesson and Patrice Franceschi of the manifesto: L’Aventure, pour quoi faire ? (Points). He has published an essay: Patti Smith (Nouvelles Lectures, 2016), participated at the Cahier John le Carré (L’Herne, 2018) and at the volume Figures d’écrivains (Albin Michel, 2018).
More information (French only).

And a jury of readers, to award the Dijon Library Audience Award 2020.
Produced in partnership with the Dijon Public Library.

This jury is composed of Gérard Crétet, Thérèse Foucheyrand, Mathieu Gatimel, Denis Lachia et Angelo Toffoli