David Gressot



Position: Head of Foreign Literature

Website: Editions Actes Sud

Location: Paris, France

Main areas of interest:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Children’s books

David Gressot joined Editions Actes Sud in 2017 as Editorial Coordinator. He then became Editor at the Jacqueline Chambon imprint, working in foreign literature (mostly in English, Spanish and German). In 2019, he became the Head of Foreign Literature at Editions Actes Sud, collaborating with editors in translation from all languages to French, both inside and outside the publishing house.

Prior to working at Editions Actes Sud, David lived in Toronto, Canada, working for two years as Book Attaché at the French Consulate and for three years as Programming Coordinator at the International Festival of Authors (TIFA) where he programmed many international writers, including Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas. David is also a translator, from English to French.

Editions Actes Sud was created in 1978 in the South of France, with offices in Arles, Provence and in Paris. Although they now publish French literature, children books, illustrated books, poetry, and art books, the DNA of the publishing house is foreign literature (in fiction and non-fiction). They have one of the richest catalogues of foreign fiction in France and are the proud publishers of many well-known Australian writers such as Richard Flanagan, Evie Wyld, Robbie Arnott, Fiona McGregor, Josephine Rowe, Sofie Laguna, Alexis Wright, Cate Kennedy, Murray Bail, Fiona Capp, Andrew McGahan, Kim Scott, Anson Cameron, Susan Johnson, Robert Drewe, Liam Davison, John Bryson, Arabella Edge, Julian Davies, Rod Jones, WJ Peasley, Julia Leigh, and Garry Disher.

Which books do you wish you had published?

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara; The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life by Robert Goolrick; The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas; Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons; Night Film by Marisha Pessl.

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