In this remarkable document, Marion Van Staeyen highlights the persistent imbalance in the book trade between France and francophone Africa, between North and South, in particular with regard to children’s books. Some alternatives are appearing, however, in particular to promote access to northern markets for African publishers. Many stakeholders in the sector – among them the International Alliance of Independent Publishers – are calling for a redress of the trade imbalance between North and South and are in fact actively taking part in endeavours to achieve this. A graduate in sociology and editing, Marion Van Staeyen is a second-year MA student at Paris XIII University, majoring in the book trade. She is currently attending classes at Sherbrooke University in Quebec, thanks to a partnership between the two universities. A very highly regarded young book professional, Marion Van Staeyen is also a big theatre enthusiast.
Documents in French.