Toulouse Polars du Sud, international festival of black and police literature continues this Sunday, October 10.
Authors, fans of detective novels, comics, meetings, exchanges and piles of books that we take, that we caress, that we are preparing to devour: life takes back its rights and beautiful attendance yesterday Saturday at the Toulouse Polars du Sud festival is indisputable proof. Where there are books and meetings, there is life. The smiles can be read in the eyes if not the lips, as a sign that, definitely, as the excellent Caryl Férey, one of the stars of this 13th edition, says, “It may not be the world yet. from before, but it’s not yesterday anymore. “
There are people and we find the taste for exchange, still too shy last year, as observed by Nicolas Druart, a few moments before receiving for his terrifying “Enclave” the Prix de l’Embouchure 2021: “Last year, we felt that people were still shy, perhaps cautious. This year, we feel that if we are not out yet, things are better.”
Few Anglo-Saxon authors – apart from the Carlson-Blair tandem, in front of which the queue is always full for a dedication of the superb graphic novel “The hunting accident” – but many Spanish-speaking writers, including another very popular tandem: Antonio Altarriba and Keko.
Carlos Salem, author of the cheerful “The Last Case of Johnny Bourbon”, is the godfather of this edition. With his look of a letter pirate, he glances around and is delighted to see that visitors keep arriving, silent and focused. He knows better than the importance of this Show “Being the godfather of Toulouse Polars du Sud is one of the greatest honors of my whole career. I have been present at the festival since the first edition and we can say that my career of writer in France grew up with TPDS, so my joy is twofold. I think these 13 years of Polars du Sud have done a lot for the promotion of reading in Toulouse and there are already children and young people who have grown up with the festival and with the habit of reading. “
The people of Toulouse, Benoît Séverac, Cédric Sire, Gaël Henry and many others are there too, and exchange with strangers or friends. The conversations are going well, the dedications follow one another, the bags are inflated.
Life resumes, and she tastes like books.