a sixth edition rich in encounters and entertainment

The 6th edition of the operation “I read a book péi!” ends this Saturday April 23rd. More than 100 authors, entertainers and artists have mobilized to give more visibility to Réunion’s literary creations.



It’s a fact: Péï’s books are enjoying growing success and industry players work tirelessly to further promote Réunion’s literary creation. Illustration with the operation “I read a book péï” whose sixth edition ends this Saturday, April 23.

This year again, we are in the 12 best booksellers in the department titles whose success does not wane, namely “La Réunion fauna et flore” (Austral Éditions), “Sega and Maloya” by Moniri M’baé (Zébulo Editions) and the “Set of 7 familiesby Modeste Madoré (Gum editions).

The report of Meeting La 1ère:

I’m reading a book pei: last transfer weekend

We also highlight that children’s titles, fiction or documentaries are the majority. But nature and heritage remain popular themes for Reunionese. In adult literature, the novel “Karma“Isabelle Kichenin’s stands out like the comics”the other side of the sea“, It was already noticed last year.

Although since 2012, publishing production has been falling in general, the year 2021 will have been marked by a strong rebound, putting Péï literature back at its highest level. It is also distinguished by a high publication rate for adults (127 against 99 in 2020 and… 86 in 2012).


Meeting with Réunion authors in a Saint-Denis bookstore



©Daniel Fontaine

In total, for this new edition of “Je lis un livre péï”, more than 100 authors, presenters and artists have mobilized on nearly 40 partner sites. And Barbara Picard, director of France Loisirs bookstores in Saint-Denis and Saint-Pierre, confirms it. More and more of his clients are interested in Reunionese authors and their producers.

Our role is to introduce all customers to the full range of books available in Reunion.she explains. There are many children’s books and more and more novels for adults. It’s quite nice and nice to present what people don’t necessarily know.“.

This year, the free paï festival has been developed for a full week. For this reason, events have been organized in the different cultural spaces of the island: bookshops, libraries, media libraries and galleries. And the organizers have innovated by also involving schools in the event.

Again this Saturday there were meetings-dedications, as well as reading sessions or even conferences-debates, shows, concerts and writing workshops.

The Réunion des Livres association, organizer of the event, also takes advantage of the event to award the Vanilla Prize to authors, illustrators and cartoonists from Réunion or the Indian Ocean.

Last year, the Prix Vanille 2021 – Illustration was awarded to Modeste Madoré for his album “Ishka and the amazing blue bird who figured out how to grow in one fell swooppublished by Editions a la Gum.

The 2021 Vanille Award – Drawing went to author Robinson for his album “Dawn“published by Des Bulles dans l’Océan. The 2021 Vanille Prize – Work of Fiction finally went to Joëlle Écormier for her novel”ko” published by Zébulo Éditions and to Isabelle Kichenin for her novel “Karmapublished by Éditions Poisson Rouge.oi.

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