|Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 05:56 am: |
A COMMUNIQUE FROM DENIS GUIOT,
EDITOR OF THE YOUNG ADULT SF LINE “AUTRES MONDES”
“The editorial board of Fleurus/Mango Jeunesse has censored Nathalie Le Gendre’s novel, *Les Orphelins de Naja* (‘The Orphans of Naja’), which I had scheduled for a May, 2007 publication in the ‘Autres Mondes’ line.
“The book shall not be published.
“The reason why? Nathalie’s novel denounces pedophilia in a future Church, on a newly-colonized planet.
“The editorial board ‘doesn’t want any trouble with the shareholders.’
“Granted, the line is put out by a publishing group otherwise known for its religious output, the number one publisher of missals in Europe, and such a book would surely look unsightly.
“Unless the editorial board changes its mind—which is highly unlikely—I am thinking of quitting.”
Some background information:
Denis Guiot is a critic, essayist and editor, who launched the “Autres Mondes” line in 2000. Since then, he’s published more than forty books, all written by French or French-speaking writers, mostly novels but also a few anthologies (with afterwords by scientists like Yves Coppens, Joël de Rosnay, Albert Jacquard…).
The line is a true success story and a lot of the books have won awards, from the SF community and also from institutions and YA literary festivals.
Guiot published the works of seasoned YA writers (Danielle Martinigol, Christian Grenier, Christian Léourier), mixed with “adult” writers who tried their hand at YA fiction, with notable success (Jean-Pierre Andrevon, Fabrice Colin, the late Jean-Pierre Hubert), and, most importantly, writers he discovered and/or developed, like Christophe Lambert and the aforementioned Nathalie Le Gendre.
Mango was bought in 2004 by the Média Participations Group, formerly known, as Groupe Ampère, the creation of conservative catholic Remy Montagne (1917-1991). In its various incarnations, the group had already made the news in “bande dessinée” (comics) circles, first in 1987 when it bought Dargaud, then, more recently, in 2004, when it bought Dupuis. A lot of resignations ensued in the editorial personnel, and a lot of creators switched houses.
Links (in French):
French wikipedia entry on Média Participations:
“Autres Mondes” website:
|Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 08:54 am: |
M Guiot should look for another publishing house, both for himself and for Les Orphelins. If this has happened once, it is likely to happen again.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 11:30 am: |
Yes, I agree with you.
A lot of people are supporting Denis here in France.
There is an "open letter" here :
And an online pétition here :
|Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 12:18 pm: |
Ditto. It's a sign it's time to leave, and to take with him as many authors as possible.
|Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 07:59 am: |
Update: more than 500 people have signed the petition, including scientist Axel Kahn.
Writer Fabrice Colin managed to obtain a copy of "Les Orphelins". According to him, there's nothing really objectionable in the plot: the pedophiles in the future Church are described as black sheep.
This looks more and more like an in-house editor getting cold feet.
No news yet about Denis Guiot's decision.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 08:56 am: |
Update. Things are happening. More than 700 signatures on the petition. The publisher has asked, and gotten, a right of reply on several sites. Not very convincing, and a lot of doubletalk, some threats.
Meanwhile, the "Associations des Bibliothécaires de France" ("Society of French Librarians") has published a communiqué to protest this business, as well as the onslaught of Islamist creationism on French schools and libraries, plus the current trial re the Danish cartoons.
|Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 12:04 am: |
Update. More than 800 people have signed the petition, mostly librarians in the past few days. A group of writers published by Denis Guiot in the "Autres Mondes" line have publicly expressed their support.
See the www.actusf.com website for details -- in French.
Donald E. Jackson
|Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 01:09 am: |
WTF? If I understand, pedophilia is portrayed as objectionable... That is objectionable?
Hey, it's only fiction, people!