France as guest of honor at Doha International Book Fair

Date: Thursday 9th– Saturday 18th January / Venue: D.E.C.C. / Time: 9 AM-10 PM


Focusing on the Enlightenment Age, the Doha international Book Fair will highlight French culture through a reconstitution of the typical atmosphere of a French plaza, with emblematic cafés and bookshops. A rich program will also be presented on the French pavilion:

“Enlightenment!” (an exhibition by the National Library of France) and ancient books from Qatar National Library’s collections

Through the 18th century, Europe has been the center of a global movement involving philosophers, authors and scientists who celebrated the use of reason to fight against obscurantism. The French pavilion interrogate the persistence of this heritage in the present times with the digital exhibition “Enlightenment!” presented by the National Library of France (BnF). Ancient books from this period from the Qatar National Library will also be displayed.

Heritage and modern technologies: Coffee table books and virtual visit of the Conciergerie Paris by Histovery

The pavilion will showcase a selection of beautiful coffee table books on French historical sites from the Heritage collections, under the authority of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (CMN-National Center for Historic Monuments). The CMN, a one-hundred-year-old establishment, is a French National Cultural Institution which has for missions the conservation of historical buildings and sites (heritage) and their collections, the sharing of knowledge and their presentation to the wider public. The CMN is the leading French operator in the field of heritage.

Thanks to a digital device called “Histopad”, the visitors will be able to travel through time and to be immersed into the history of La Conciergerie in Paris, a former prison which was part of the King’s palace.

Comics book for kids: “Sacha and Tomcrouz, tome 2 : The King’s Court” by Anaïs Halard and Bastien Quignon

Sacha’s mother, an eccentric antiques dealer gives an exciting birthday present to her son: a chihuaha named Tomcrouz. Tomcrouz has a special gift: each time he sneezes on an old object, both Sacha and him find themselves transported through History. The tome 2 brings the readers to Versailles, and the court of King Louis XV, where Sacha will discover the ritual of dinners, hygiene, medicine, and perhaps even a clue around the disappearance of his father…

A selection of the major works of French Literature from the Enlightenment era in paperback

FNAC, official partner of the event, will present a selection of books including French classics from the Enlightenment era in paperback format (Diderot, Kant, Rousseau, Voltaire…).

A series of talks:

  • Anaïs Halard and Bastien Quignon, authors of “Sacha Tomcrouz”
  • Slimane Zeghidour, war reporter and journalist at TV5 Monde
  • Philippe Bélaval, president of the Center for National Monuments (CMN) : « Enhancing Heritage to Build a Better Future: The French Example ».
  • Bruno de Sa Moreira, CEO of Histovery (conception of virtual visits of historical monuments)