Murielle Szac, “to follow”

Writer and editor Murielle Szac, in Paris, in 2022.

By forcing the line, we could start with a formula well known to readers of Murielle Szac, the one that opens its soap operas : “The sun was just rising” when we found the author, immediately recognizable by the red headband holding her curly hair.

Admittedly, at 8:30 a.m., even if the spring was chilly, the day had been up for a while. Still, the appointment schedule is not the most common in publishing. It’s because Murielle Szac’s days are overflowing. That week, she recorded the audio version of her new book, The Zipporah Serial, in a hundred episodes. This does not exempt her from taking care of her collection, “Those who said no”, at Actes Sud Junior, nor of the publishing house she founded with her companion, Bruno Doucey, who bears the name of Sir. She nevertheless continues to bring her first novel for adults to life in festivals, Eleftheriapublished in 2022 by Emmanuelle Collas.

When taking stock of her many activities, Murielle Szac momentarily loses her contagious smile to express her weariness in the face of “boxes in which we absolutely want to put ourselves” and the impossibility of imagining that a novelist and poet could write for all ages, and an editor, publish poetry like children’s books. “It’s the same person who does all this!” »she underlines, anxious that we understand the red thread that connects the whole: “The question of transmission. »

This one and only person was born in Lyon in 1964, of two parents teachers, “trade union activists, secular school activists”. Newspapers lie everywhere in their homes, the radio is always on, the news is a “permanent bath”. As much as their daughter, a voracious reader, cannot imagine becoming a writer one day (“They were dead old men”), as much journalism seems to him a possible way.

The meeting of the world of children’s literature

At the exit of the Journalist Training Center, the ex-khâgneuse enters the weekly Thursday’s Event. It is in this capacity that she covered, in 1994, the trial of Paul Touvier (1915-1996), who led the Lyon Militia during the Occupation. “I realized that there were a lot of things I couldn’t talk about in my articles. I wondered about the situation of the children of militiamen and collaborators. How to live with that? »asks the one whose railwayman grandfather acts for the Resistance. “To discuss these subjects, I had to go through fiction, and address a young audience. » So she embarks on the writing ofA heavy silence (Seuil, 1999), whose protagonist discovers his grandfather’s past. Noticed, the novel earned him invitations to classes and the meeting of the world of children’s literature, “very supportive, warm and friendly”.

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