Quais du Polar 2015

Once a year, darkness falls upon Lyon, it is the moment for its now world-renowned festival: Quais du Polar. The 11th edition will take place on March 27th, 28th and 29th, following last year’s tremendous tenth anniversary, honored by over 65.000 visitors.



This year, to dive in its second decade, Quais du Polar renews with its tradition, its legacy: to discover dark worlds. After Northern Europe, Asia or Northern America, lets sail towards other Americas in 2015’s line-up. We will host Central America with Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Mexico), Leonardo Padura (Cuba), Horacio Castellanos Moya (Salvador), Daniel Quirós (Costa Rica). Southern America with Paulo Lins et Edyr Augusto (Brazil), Luis Sepúlveda (Chili), Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), Ernesto Mallo (Argentina), Diego Trelles Paz (Peru).

Amongst famous names never seen in Lyon, notice the presence of John Grisham (USA), Elizabeth George (USA), Anthony Horowitz (GB), Don Winslow (USA), Shannon Burke (USA), or even Emily St John Mandel (Canada) and Maurice G. Dantec (Canada), Attica Locke (USA), Nicci French (GB), Val McDermid (Scotland), Denise Mina (GB), Mike Nicol (South Africa) et Sebastian Rotella (USA).

And amongst the ones you will see again : Michael Connelly (guest in 2012), Ian Rankin (first comeback since our first 2005 edition) , Tom Rob Smith (GB), Michel Quint, Michel Bussi, Maxime Chattam, Yasmina Khadra (Algeria) or even Caryl Férey and Ian Manook.

We are also delighted to introduce new thriller voices from here and elsewhere: Kishwar Desai (India), Saul Black (GB), Dror Mishani (Isr.), Gert Nygårdshaug (Norv.) and the French authors Elena Piacentini, Michaël Mention, Christophe Reydi-Gramond and Nicolas Matthieu.


Polar Connection

Huge innovation of the past tenth edition, the “Polar Connection” day will be carried out again this year. Highly appreciated in 2014, the professional gathering will take place all day long on Friday, March 27th, a time and place hosting over 200 publishers, agents, translators, as well as producers, script-writers and directors, and of course journalists and above all, authors.


Serial thrillers (Polars en série)

Adaptation will be one of the main themes of this edition with the “Polar en Séries” prize creation, rewarding a francophone thriller novel recognized for its potential adaptation qualities as a TV serial. Our theatre partners such as the Institut Lumière, the Pathé Cinemas and the Comoedia Cinemas, will also give you the opportunity to see and get to know a wide range of films through their cinema program highlighting thriller novels’ filmed adaptations.


Beyond the walls

Quais du Polar is also, as always, a chance to experience various unusual rendezvous across the city, the Grand Lyon and the Region at the Beaux-Arts Museum, Gadagne Museum, Departmental Archives, INSA Printing Museum, Anatomy Museum, Police National Superior School, venue Toboggan in Décines, in Saint-Etienne’s, Roanne’s and Bourg-en-Bresse’s media libraries… During this edition, new spots also share the partnership: Confluences Museum, Célestins Theatre and the Maison de la Danse which will offer an exceptional “dark ball”, directed by the choreographer Denis Plassard, Saturday March 28th in the Chapelle de la Trinité.


The Big Police Case

Thanks to numerous partnerships with cultural organizations from Lyon, Quais du Polar invites the public to an unusual and uncommon discovery of Lyon with its Big Police Case patterned throughout the city, which for the first time, will start from the Contemporary Art Museum, at the Cité Internationale, and will lead you to the heart of the festival.


Readers’ Prize

The 11th Quais du Polar/20 Minutes Readers’ Prize will be awarded Saturday, March 28th. Readers have been chosen through their motivation letter, and they will have the noble but tough task to read the six novels selected by booksellers and to nominate, with Claude Mesplède (Jury president), Caroline Girardon (20 Minutes), Ian Manook, 2014 prize winner and with Quais du polar, the best 2014 francophone novel amongst the following works:

Frédéric Andreï, Riches à en mourir (Albin Michel)

Sandrine Collette, Un vent de cendres (Denoël)

Jérôme Leroy, L’Ange gardien (Série noire, Gallimard)

Nicolas Mathieu, Aux animaux la guerre (Actes sud)

Elena Piacentini, Des forêts et des âmes (Au-delà du raisonnable)

Christophe Reydi-Gramond, Un mensonge explosif (Liana Lévi)



Finally, Quais du Polar, as a devoted and activist festival, constantly campaigns for reading. The festival will therefore insure numerous actions in favor of schools and youth, and will be, like every year, inside prisons and detention centers of the Region, as well as in the Saint Joseph Saint Luc Hospital, and for the first time in the Woman-Mother-Child Hospital of Bron. “Dark Dictations”, organized with the National Agency Against Illiteracy, will also be relaunched.