Michelle Obama leaves Fayard in turn, in favor of Flammarion in France

Michelle Obama leaves Fayard in turn, in favor of Flammarion in France< /p> UPDATE DAY

The French publisher Flammarion announced Thursday that they would publish the next book by Michelle Obama, an author who is thus leaving Fayard editions having lost several of their authors in recent weeks. < /p>

“This light in us” is due out on November 15, the same day as in English (“The Light We Carry”) and in 11 other languages ​​including Chinese, Spanish or Portuguese.< /p>

The 58-year-old former First Lady of the United States is one of the best-selling authors in the world in recent years. His 500-page autobiography translated into 50 languages, “Devenir” (2018), has sold over 17 million copies worldwide.

After a renewal of its management in June, the French Fayard saw the departure of several disgruntled authors.

His former boss, Sophie de Closets, had left in March a house she had run for eight years. She became Chairman and CEO of Flammarion in mid-July.

“Devenir” has been one of Fayard's great successes in recent years. Flammarion recalled that it had sold “more than 500,000 copies of it, all formats combined, in the French language”.

Mrs. Obama's new French publisher did not specify the conditions under which this change of publisher took place. But Ms. de Closets told the weekly L'Express in 2020 how she had personally invested in obtaining the rights in French to the books of the Obama spouses.

As part of the delegation of Hachette, world number three in publishing and parent company of Fayard, during a 2017 meeting in Washington with Barack Obama, she was among those who convinced him to sign. “The fact of having spoken to Obama as a writer and not just as a former head of state certainly played a role,” she said.

Ms. de Closets had thus won for Fayard the first volume of Barack Obama's memoirs, “A Promised Land”, published in 2020. After the millions of copies sold worldwide, the publication date of the second volume is not known.

D' after the Financial Times, at the end of their meetings with publishers in 2017, the Obamas had obtained the guarantee of receiving 65 million dollars, an amount never seen in the sector, by signing with Penguin Random House (Bertelsmann group).

In “This Light Within Us,” says Flammarion, “Michelle Obama offers her readers unique personal stories and insightful reflections on change, adversity, and power.” She “shares with us tips, stories and effective strategies to stay optimistic and calm,” the editor added.