By Frank Mannoni
Where more surely to find books on Arbois than in Arbois itself, at the The Hammock bookstorewhich has on its shelves a stock sufficiently dense and varied to cover all styles.
Alice Chazerand, a passionate bookseller, enthusiastically took part in the exercise. It offers 6 books that offer another look at the city of Pasteur and wine, while highlighting these essential local heritage items.
Arbois with luminous vineyards (Mêta Jura)
After starting his trilogy on the cities of character of Revermont by Salins-les-Bains, the Lédonian publisher Mêta Jura had continued with Poligny. Then came the turn of Arbois with this last part which in 64 pages and 201 photos goes around the city.
Geology, archaeology, biology, history, architecture, arts: all the aspects that highlight the town are detailed by more than 40 authorsall volunteers.
“A book that is not only aimed at tourists, but also at locals or those who have left the region. It’s done a lot by locals.”
The Word of Pierre (Méta Jura)
Still at Mêta Jura, “La Parole de Pierre” is a book of 14 interviews with Pierre Overnoy, winemaker in Pupillin. The winegrower was one of the precursors of natural wine. These discussions are organized by themes with photos. These last show in particular the territory of Pupillin, the work of the vine.
Pierre Overnoy evokes subjects as diverse as the Occupation, the Algerian war, local anecdotes, viticulture, wine making.
“We don’t realize the impact that Pierre Overnoy has had abroad, even in the United States”.
In 2018, this book published for the first time in 2011, republished 4 times since, was translated into Japanese, a sign of its success.
Louis Pasteur, a life at the service of Life (Sékoya)
Published by the Besançon publisher Sékoya, this biographical comic retraces the major stages in the life of Louis Pasteur, from his youth in the Jura to his national funeral. His great discoveries are of course discussed: stereochemistry, pasteurization, the rescue of the silk industry, the vaccine against rabies, in particular.
Maxime Schwartz of the Academy of Sciences wrote the preface and texts ofErik Orsenna introduce each chapter. Member of the French Academy, Erik Orsenna has already written about Pasteur by publishing a biography with Fayard editions in 2015, “La Vie, la Mort, la Vie”.
“It’s an easy-to-access comic, with a little contextualization in each chapter. The design is both classic and lively.
The Events, sequel to Isabel Ascencio
First published by Verticales, the Arboisian author Isabel Ascencio then joined the La Brune collection in Rouergue where she published “Délit de gosse” in 2019. “Les Events, suite” joined the stalls of the Hamac bookstore in 2022. Literature teacher at Champagnole, Isabel Ascencio “takes bold writers’ biases” describes Alice Chazerand.
After the death of her father, Joëlle Leblanc traces the thread of events which, forty years earlier, led to the death of one man and the obliteration of another. Events themselves taking root in those which, in Algeria, had resulted in independence a decade earlier, indicates the publisher.
“All the characters that the narrator evokes in flashbacks have a link with Algeria”.
We, young people of the Jura, by Philippe Godard
The Arboisian Philippe Godard is well known in the world of publishing for being director of the Children from elsewhere collection (La Martinière jeunesse). He is also the author of several documentary writings for young audiences. At the editions of Lons-le-Saunier 2031, he published in 2022 “We, young people from the Jura”.
“He met 5 young people from Belfort, Vesoul, Arbois, Frasnes and Besançon, who talk about their concerns. Their confidences are mixed with little pieces of history to show where these children live. A drawing-portrait, followed by the testimony, with also local extras on the wines of Arbois, the Biou, present both the region and the concerns of young people”.
Making Peace, by Philippe Godard
Philippe Godard also published “Faire la paix” with Saltimbaque editions, illustrated by Barroux, which details “all the ways to make peace, in all directions, with oneself, with others, etc. A book that I really like »concludes Alice Chazerand.
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