The dates

The 19th festival will take place from March 31st to April 2nd 2023.

For this next edition, Quais du Polar will discover the SPANISH POLAR, which, like the French thriller, has experienced a new boom since the mid-2000s, becoming a real publishing and cultural phenomenon. With the presence of a large group of authors representative of the variety and richness of the genre, we will explore the history, sometimes dark and tortured, of this country, stroll with them in the streets of Barcelona or Madrid and summon the tutelary figure of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, who died 20 years ago. A dive through literature, but also cinema or gastronomy in the soul of a modern monarchy where the book and culture occupy a major place.

The festival will also explore the theme of “BLACK ROMANCE AND JOURNALISM“, two forms of writing that have always had very close links. Literature of reality and heir of the popular soap opera, the detective novel is indeed often interested in current events and its various facts, in search of a form of truth. Many writers who are journalists or former journalists, or even authors of detective novels, choose to put journalists’ characters forward in their novels. From writing reports to writing essays or novels, the guests will tell us about their careers and the way reality influences their writing.

In 1963, John Le Carré’s novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was published and became a reference for the spy novel, notably thanks to its integration of darker and more realistic codes. Sixty years later, Quais du Polar will pay tribute to this great author through a literary and cinematographic theme around the SPIRIT NOVEL, a genre that the current geopolitical climate has brought back to the forefront. Authors and specialists will take us into this very secret and international universe, with its shadowy agents and intelligence services, its codes, its intrigues and its plots.

While waiting for the next edition, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the festival by listening to the conferences in replay.

Participate as an author

Authors who wish to participate for the 2023 edition must have a novelty published between April 2022 and April 2023. To submit your participation, send us a copy (or a pitch if it is not yet published) between September and November 2022.

You will be contacted in December if your submission is selected.

Quais du Polar
14 rue Gorge de Loup
69009 Lyon – FRANCE