The 2023 edition from 19 to 22 January on the theme of fear!

This year, organized for the 2e consecutive times by the National Book Centre (CNL) on the proposal of the ministry of culturewill be held four sensational nights, with a highlight on Saturday, January 21. Nearly 420 events will be scheduled in Brittany and thousands everywhere in France and even beyond borders.
The Nights of Reading are the occasion to propose meetings and animations in library, in media library, in bookshop, but also in schools and cultural and artistic places (museums, theatres...). Reading aloud is particularly important.

A 7e edition on «The fear»

From tales and albums for children to fantastic stories, from science fiction sagas to police investigations, to contemporary stories and essays scripting the crises we are going through, the motive of fear permeates the literature for the greatest happiness and sometimes the great thrill of young and old. The theme invites us to explore all forms of narration, all formats of reading whose effect is accentuated especially at night!

Marie Darrieussecq, sponsor of the 2023 Reading Nights

Marie Darrieussecq is a writer and translator. She has been revealed to the public since the release of her first novel, Truismsin 1996. His latest novel, Not sleeping, is an intimate story about insomnia, the culmination of twenty years of travel and panic in literature and nights. She invokes a pantheon of insomniac writers: Virginia Woolf, André Gide, Franz Kafka.

Some suggestions for activities near you


  • The media library space Mélanie (Mem) of Riec-sur-Belon organizes an escape game for teens in teams from 11 years old. Fantastic creatures from the country of Quimperlé escaped… and they go looking for them by participating in the “Fantastic Nights of Fear”! The special feature of this 2023 edition is the simultaneous participation of structures from the library network (Mellac, Rédené, Riec-sur-Bélon and Le Trévouxon 20 January from 6 to 8 pm; Bannalec, Riec and Scaëron January 21 from 6 pm to 7 pm). In parallel, a story shack, open to young audiences, is installed at the Mem during the week.
  • L'Arvorik, concert hall of Lesneven, offers on January 21 at 20:30 a comic-concert evening around the universe of Fabcaro. Fabcaro, is the cult author of the comic strip Zai Zai Zai, an opus devoted to the romantic horrors of the forties. Members of the rock band Totorro and drummer-composer Pierre Marolleau immerse the audience in the graphic world of the author and his funny characters.

Côtes d'Armor:

  • The game library "Au fil du jeu" in Loudéac On January 20 from 8 to 10:30 pm, a meeting of the adolescent and adult public with ghosts, werewolves, monsters of all kinds for a horrific evening. On January 21, 10:30, in the Jeanne Malivel room of the same commune, it is the children from 0 to 4 years accompanied by their doudou and parents who can Play to scare themselves, inviting a wolf not so bad or witches more frightened than frightened.
  • The media library of Ploufragan On January 21, from 6 pm to 11 pm, you can enjoy reading aloud, games, workshops and other surprises behind each shelf! From 6pm, get ready for this three-dimensional sound journey offered by the Company of Still Travelers. A unique and magical experience to live with family from 3 years.
  • A Guingamp, the program invites you from 13:50. Come many with your book share the fifteen minutes of silent reading in the grounds of the old prison.
    From 18 to 19h, the media library offers a time devoted to families with readings and projections: children, from 4 years old, can find themselves at the media library in pajamas with their comforters or pillows, to listen to evening stories, songs and watch animated films on the theme of fear! From 8 pm to 10 pm, let yourself be guided on a journey that takes you from prison to the theatre, including the media library. With the participation of librarians, amateur readers, actors and dancers, Marion Lévy and Noëlle Kéruzoré, and the team and students of Inseac (Institut national supérieur de l'éducation artistique et culturelle). At the end of this lively walk, a soup is served by the volunteers of the kitchen workshop of the social center.


  • The Rennes University Library 2 offers several animations, from the recording of the program (In)expected from radio C-Lab on 19 January from 17 to 18:00, to "L'Enquête à la BU" inspired by a work by Stephen King on 19 January from 19:30 to 21:00, through a theatrical reading of three actresses of the collective DETER (Droits pour l'Ensemble du Théâtre Émergeant Rennais) on January 19 at 1 pm and a literary quiz on site and at distance from January 19 to 22.
  • The library of Villejean, also in RennesOn January 20, from 8 pm to 10 pm, a unique literary performance, based on the codes of a traditional Japanese game, the Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, scrolling through a hundred uninterrupted horror stories throughout the night. In Japanese folklore, storytellers are lit by a hundred candles corresponding to each fable. At the end of each story, the reader puts out a candle in order to find herself at the end of the performance in total darkness. Sensations guaranteed.


  • The passive defensive shelter of the Alsace Lorraine square in Lorient reopen its doors on January 21 from 2 pm to 10 pm and on January 22 from 2 pm to 6 pm, to receive readings of testimonies and projections of images from the archives of the Allied bombings of January and February 1943 on the city.
  • The media library ofErdeven offers on January 21 from 18:00 to 19:30 the presentation of the book The witches of Brittany, by Morgane O'Kean, published by Éditions Au bord des continents and a conference on witches. The same evening from 6pm to 8pm is proposed an escape game: Cornebidouille, villain of Pierre Bertrand’s books, burst into the media library? Escape from it! Puzzles, games, reading and writing evil insults...
  • Languidic, the media and arts space, the media library and the music school combined their resources to offer the Nocturnals on January 21. At 5.30pm, the company Pok ha Pok will propose the creation of musical theatre Fear-monger for young audiences from 3 years old. The evening will continue with readings in pajamas accompanied by students of the music school.

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