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This spring, Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg will give enthusiastic readers an opportunity to discover and explore the diversity of Luxembourg’s literary and book publishing scene with booths at the Brussels Book Fair.

Four Luxembourg publishers – Capybarabooks, Hydre Edition, Kiwi E.L.G. and PassaParola Editions – have opted to take advantage of this opportunity to exhibit their latest French-language releases in literature, non-fiction and children’s books at the Brussels Book Fair from 30 March to 2 April 2023 (booth n°209).

Brian Bailey, Project Manager, Literature and Publishing | +352 621 730 960

The publishing houses

The capybara (a giant version of the domestic guinea pig) is a rodent native to South America that loves to wallow in cool water while keeping its nose in the sun. This lovable creature is so delightful that the founders of this publishing house decided to make it their mascot. Since then, the little capybara has been proudly emblazoned on everything they publish: literature, travel guides and specialist works.

Contact details:
Susanne Jaspers | | +352 661 50 17 15

Hydre Éditions, named after the Hydra, the many-headed serpent of Greek myth, publishes unapologetically literary works in French and German. Founded in Luxembourg in 2012, the company focuses on contemporary Luxembourg authors whose dense styles and themes offer up a quirky and unusual vision of our world.

Contact details:
Ian De Toffoli |

KIWI E.L.G. publishes comics and illustrated books for young people dealing with various subjects, ranging from funny to instructive. Many of our books also include an educational section with additional information related to the stories in question, so that young readers can learn while having fun.

Contact details:
Ikuko Ikeda | | +352 26 66 01 01

PassaParola Editions was founded under the umbrella of PassaParola asbl, a non-profit association established in Luxembourg in 2004 by Paola Cairo, Maria Grazia Galati and Paolo Travelli. This publisher promotes products linked to the Italian diaspora in Luxembourg as well as Italian literature and authors who have made the country their home.

Contact details:
Maria Grazia Galati |


Thursday, 30 March | 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.
Nosbaum Reding Gallery, Rue de la Concorde 60, Brussels
Meeting for professionals: Québec x Luxembourg (by invitation only)

Kultur | lx, in cooperation with the Québec Government Office in Brussels, will hold a meeting for book trade professionals from Quebec and Luxembourg to encourage dialogue and sharing between authors, publishers and book trade and literature professionals from both countries. This friendly professional gathering is supported by the Embassy of Luxembourg in Brussels.


Saturday, 1 April 2023 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Books from Luxembourg, Booth 209 at the Brussels Book Fair
Book signing:
Antoine Pohu, Parfois la nuit se tait, Capybarabooks, Luxembourg, 2023

Antoine Pohu first appeared on the Luxembourg literary scene in 2018, when he won the Prix Laurence awarded by the town council of Bettembourg for his short story Le Masque. In 2019, his manuscript La Quête won first prize in the Young Authors 15-25 category. The novel was published in 2020 by Op der Lay in Luxembourg. Antoine Pohu has also had short stories published in Les Cahiers luxembourgeois, Lëtzebuerger Journal and Tageblatt. Parfois la nuit se tait is his second novel.

Parfois la nuit se tait takes us through the life of a young pianist: from playing his very first chords on the piano to rebelling against his narrow-minded parents, dropping out of school and suffering debilitating panic attacks – a long journey, throughout which he does the best he can to gradually build up a stable life as a musician. He even manages to achieve a certain level of success along the way. Set in Brussels, this tumultuous and chaotic saga comes to an end one evening: our exhausted and disillusioned pianist can no longer perform his concerts because something out there in the audience is upsetting him, something is preventing him from concentrating on his playing. So now what should he do?

Sunday, 2 April | 10 to 10.45 a.m.
Shed1, Brussels Book Show
Meet the authors and reading
Feminist transgressions and perspectives
Authors: Tullio Forgiarini, Nathalie Ronvaux
Moderator: Valerija Berdi (journalist, radio 100.7)

Several years after the #metoo movement, I am Rosa!, a powerful monologue by Nathalie Ronvaux, gives a voice to Lady Rosa, a feminist sculpture by artist Sanja Iveković that provoked a fierce debate in Luxembourg just days after it was unveiled. La Ballade de Lucienne Jourdain by Tullio Forgiarini is a monologue that tells the story of Lucienne, a model wife and submissive woman, who, after having a pig valve transplanted into her heart, starts questioning the established order.

Tullio Forgiarini was born in Luxembourg in 1966 to an Italian father and Luxembourg mother. He writes noir novels, mainly in French. Amok, his first novel in Luxembourgish, won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013. It has been translated into several languages and was made into a film entitled Baby(a)lone, released in 2015.

Born in 1977 in Luxembourg, Nathalie Ronvaux enjoys experimenting with literary genres, including poetry, drama and prose. She has been involved in multiple literary and cultural events and performances and has won several prizes for her work. In 2017, she was one of ten writers selected for the New Voices from Europe project and the following year, her poetic novel Subridere Un aller simple won the Jury’s Favourite prize at the Luxembourg Book Awards. She joined Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette in 2017 and continues to write.


Sunday, 2 April | 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Books from Luxembourg, Booth 209 at the Brussels Book Fair
Book signings
Tullio Forgiarini, La ballade de Lucienne Jourdain, Hydre Éditions, Luxembourg, 2022
Nathalie Ronvaux, Moi, je suis Rosa !, Capybarabooks, Luxembourg, 2022