Jacques Bernard is the founder of Le Forum bookstore, the only bookstore exclusively and entirely dedicated to French in Australia. He is also the president of the French Books on Wheels, an initiative which allows him to spend several months each year on the road surrounded with books, travelling through Australia to meet the French speaking and French students community and promote French language. If like me, you love travelling and reading, you will also love this episode!
[4 min 30 sec] How Jacques arrived in Australia
[06 min 05 sec] A carrier change
[07 min 05 sec] Locating Fremantle on Australia’s map
[07 min 43 sec] Le Forum bookstore
[08 min 33 sec] Customers’ profiles
[10 min 33 sec] Jacques’s recommendation to start reading French books
[12 min 32 sec] Subscription offers from Le Forum
[13 min 35 sec] A subscription magazine to learn French : “Bien-Dire”
[14 min 45 sec] What if the book I want is not available?
[15 min 35 sec] How Le Forum manages to face the big competitors and the digital products
[14 min 45 sec] An example of technical/logistic issue in managing the bookstore from overseas
[18 min 36 sec] French Books on Wheels
[20 min 40 sec] The van’s interior
[22 min 00 sec] Logistic organisation to run French Books on Wheels and manage stock
[22 min 48 sec] How the itinerary is decided
[24 min 15 sec] How to find more about French Books on Wheels’s itinerary and meet Jacques!
[25 min 12 sec] Brisbane and Melbourne French festivals
[26 min 36 sec] Jacques’s favourite place in Australia
[28 min 50 sec] Plans for the year to come
[29 min 40 sec] Le Salon du Livre de Paris
Links & Resources
Le Forum http://www.leforum.com.au
Page Facebook de la librairie https://www.facebook.com/leforumaustralia
French Books on Wheels (Le Van du Livre) http://www.frenchbooksonwheels.org/
French Books on Wheels Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FrenchBooksonWheels
Bien-dire Magazine http://www.leforum.com.au
Livres qui ont été adaptés en film (French Film Festival 2015) http://www.leforum.com.au
Charlie Hebdo copies are available, contact Jacques !
Salon du Livre (Paris) http://www.salondulivreparis.com/
Photos: Courtesy of French Books on Wheels