19 April 21 April 2024


Un Book Fair it is an opportunity for readers and professionals to meet and discuss books. With around thirty book events in Pays de la Loire, the Spring of Montaigu's book in Vendée stands out for its friendly literary atmosphere.

First literary event in Pays de la Loire, firmly established in the territory of Vendée, the Printemps du Livre de Montaigu is one of the most popular literary events in France. Created in 1989, the Book Fair de Montaigu will celebrate its 34rd edition of the show in 2024, rendez-vous from 19 in April 21 2024.

Every year, the public rushes in large numbers to discover 200 writers invited to book signings, meetings and scheduled events in the city. A resolutely popular event, the Spring of the Book of Montaigu offers quality literary programming and gives an important place to children's literature and comics.

2024 Edition

The Montaigu Book Fair in Vendée from April 19 to 21, 2024

Book your dates!

The book fair returns on April 19, 20 and 21, 2024!

In 2024, she is the successful novelist Agnes Martin-Lugand, who will honor the Printemps du livre by assuming the presidency.

“With eleven novels sold nearly five million copies and translated into more than 30 languages, Agnès Martin-Lugand established herself on the literary scene with the publication of her first novel Happy People Read and Drink Coffee in 2013 Unanimously praised by the public and critics, the singular work of Agnès Martin-Lugand has no equal in questioning existence and the human soul. In 2021, she received the “Les petits mots des libraires” prize for her novel La Datcha. His latest novel L’Homme des Mille Détours was published in 2023 by Michel Lafon.” (source: Spring of Montaigu's book)

The program of the 2024 edition

From April 19 to 21, 2024, the Montaigu Book Spring awaits you for a 34th edition that is colorful, festive and ever richer in emotions. Let yourself be carried away by the meetings and activities, share your favorites and your discoveries, and experience a timeless moment at the heart of literature.

To discover during the weekend
  • Authors' booths – meetings and signings. Capital, place of the Hôtel-de-Ville. From Friday to Sunday.
  • Big meetings. Major interviews with guest personalities or literary dialogues around themes, led by moderators. Village Hall and House of Associations.
  • Literary stops. Meetings of writers around their literary news.
  • Exhibition “Michel Ragon, from Vendée to writing”. From April 19 to May 19 at the Montaigu-Vendée Town Hall.
  • “Antoine Guilloppé” exhibition. Flash tours of the exhibition led by book mediators (30 min) on Friday April 19 at 16 p.m., Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21 at 14 p.m. and 16 p.m. Saturday April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: meeting/workshop with the illustrator around his work.

The highlights to live

  • “An hour with…” : Franck thilliez (Friday April 19 at 17 p.m.), Audrey Tribot (Saturday April 20 at 14 p.m.), Agnes Martin-Lugand (Saturday April 20 at 18 p.m.), Christophe Dechavanne (Sunday April 21 at 11 a.m.), Douglas Kennedy (Sunday April 21 at 14 p.m.) and Natacha Calestrémé (Sunday April 21 at 15:30 p.m.). Village hall, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Official opening. Capital, place of the Hôtel-de-Ville. Saturday at 11 a.m.

New for 2024 – Weekend workshops

  • Reading Workshop out loud with the company La Volige – Saturday April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Open stage reading out loud – the stage is yours! Saturday April 20 at 17:30 p.m.
  • Writing workshop with the author Karine Reysset on Sunday April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.

To live with family

  • Family treasure hunt “The secret of the tree”. Like adventurers, participants explore the festival in search of a legendary tree. Riddles, imagination and creativity are at the heart of a treasure hunt lasting around 1 hour. Throughout the weekend at the reception of the Chapiteau Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. Free.
  • Sucre-Page Show (show for young audiences from 3 years old): three artists navigate, sing, sign and tell, in unison, a heterogeneous and colorful literary odyssey. By the company Confiture Mitaine. From 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Chapiteau du Parc Henri-Joyau.
  • Story readings and creative workshops Saturday April 20 from 14:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m. and Sunday April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 14:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m. at the leisure reception. Children aged 3 to 9 are welcome free of charge for a literary and creative break. Handprints, colorful windmill or the secrets of origami for example.

The first 2024 names revealed – authors among the French’s favorites

This year, the Montaigu Book Spring welcomes again great authors: Adeline Fleury (The sky in its fury), Cynthia Kafka (For her to come back), Sophie Talmen (The silent hearts), Natacha Calestrémé (Give yourself every chance), Laura Manel (Five hearts on borrowed time), Claire Norton (By force of circumstances), Douglas Kennedy (And this is how we will live), Julien Sandrel, Thomas B. Reverdy (The big help), Franck thilliez (Noferville), Mathias malzieu (The Extraordinarium) and Guy Lagache (The cry of the forest / story at the heart of the climate threat).

Organize your visit to the Printemps du Livre de Montaigu

  • Friday April 19: 9 a.m. to 20 p.m.
  • Saturday April 20: 10 a.m. to 19 p.m.
  • Sunday April 21: 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
  • Free admission

Locations: Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the Calliopé media library, Parc Henri Joyau, the association house, the village hall, the Théâtre de Thalie.

Opening show of the Printemps du Livre de Montaigu 2024

For the 2024 edition, the opening show is a literary classic revisited as a musical story “Monte Cristo“. Discover this free adaptation of 1h40 performed by the Compagnie La Volige (theater).

Pratical information

  • Friday April 19, 2024 at 20:30 p.m. at the Théâtre de Thalie
  • Prices: Normal: €21 / Reduced: €16
  • Reservation at the Terres de Montaigu Tourist Office (02 51 06 39 17) or online.
  • From 10 years.

The selection of the Prix Ouest 2024

Each year, the Printemps du Livre de Montaigu awards the West price to a novel whose action takes place in the Great West or to a novel written by an author from these regions.

The selection of novels in the running for the Prix Ouest 2024:

  • "Brest, mist and fire” by Philippe Le Guillou (Gallimard)
  • "Five hearts on borrowed time” by Laure Manel (Editions Michel Lafon)
  • "Lost hearts” by Hervé Jourdain (Fleuve Editions)
  • "Close the ban” by Jean-Michel Delacomptée (Presses de la Cité)
  • "nothing personal” by Mahir Guven (JC Lattès)

Winner of the 2024 West Prize

Congratulation to Mahir Guven who wins the Price West 2024 for his work “nothing personal” published by JC Lattès!

The spring of Montaigu's book is strolling!

Meetings, shows, readings, workshops: come and enjoy literary moments with authors, for young and old.

From January 19 23 2024 March

  • Meeting with Mathou, illustrator and comic book author – Friday January 19, 2024 from 18:30 p.m. to 20 p.m. Cugand Media Library. Registrations on 02 51 94 82 36.
  • Meeting with Gilles Marchand, novelist – Thursday February 8, 2024 from 19:30 p.m. to 21 p.m. La Bernardière media library. Registrations on 02 51 42 99 33.
  • Young audience show Lalabulle or small sound baths – Saturday February 10, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. The Little Prince Library in Montaigu-Vendée (La Guyonnière). Registrations on 02 51 41 71 94.
  • Writing workshop with Sophie Adriansen, novelist, biographer and screenwriter – Saturday February 17, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. La Bruffière media library. Registrations on 02 51 46 47 74.
  • Drawing workshop with Lili The Whale – Wednesday February 21, 2024 from 14 p.m. to 15:30 p.m. Library of La Boissière de Montaigu. Registrations on 09 79 71 51 80.
  • storytelling show Metamorphoses with Aurélie Truffaut – Wednesday March 13, 2024 at 15 p.m. Montréverd Library (Saint-André-Treize-Voies). Registrations on 02 51 43 38 07.
  • Show Dancing with the books with Compagnie Pyramid – Saturday March 23, 2024 at 15 p.m. Saint-Sauveur site in Rocheservière. Registrations on 02 51 48 23 56.

Take advantage of the sites to visit and activities in Vendée during the Spring of the Book of Montaigu

Sites to visit around Montaigu-Vendee

City Montaigu is to be discovered during a stroll along the ramparts, to the famous dyke, the Rochettes park... For children, the Tourist Office offers a treasure hunt “Survey around the Dike“, from the Tourist Office, lead the investigation and follow the trail of the culprit in order to find the safe.

To learn more about theStory of the Vendée, le Logis de la Chabotterie in Saint Sulpice le Verdon (Montreverd) offers a trip to the time of the Vendée War with the scenography on Charrette, the furnished 10th century Vendée dwelling can be visited every day from Monday to Sunday, from 12 a.m. to 30:13 p.m. and from 30:18 p.m. to XNUMX p.m.

Want to enjoy the bocage vendéen with the children? To continue the spring book visit to Montaigu with other visits and activities with the children?

This is an opportunity to take advantage of the opening of the Castle of Tiffauges, entertainment and shows in the largest medieval fortress in the west, a 1/2 day to experience with the family. Open on weekends from 14 p.m. to 19 p.m.

Restaurants in Montaigu in Vendée Bocage

Fancy a fast restaurant that offers simple dishes: discover the 5 to, restaurant located in the alleys of Montaigu or the restaurant the third (closed Sunday) specializes in pizzas and pancakes.

Want to take the time for lunch, a gastro restaurant? The restaurant the Dam and its view of the Maine, La Dress, a cuisine offering food and wine pairing, based on local and seasonal products, 1 star in the Michelin Guide. Lunch at the Petit Saint Georges in St Georges de Montaigu is an opportunity to take a digestive stroll at the Maison de la Rivière, a pretty walk along the Maine river.

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