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Actes Sud

Actes Sud
Founded1978; 46 years ago (1978)
FounderHubert Nyssen
Country of originFrance
Headquarters locationArles
Key peopleFrançoise Nyssen
Publication typesBooks

Actes Sud is a French publishing house based in Arles. It was founded in 1978 by author Hubert Nyssen.[1][2][3] By 2013, the company, then headed by Nyssen's daughter, Françoise Nyssen,[1] had an annual turnover of 60 million euros and 60 staff members.[2]


ACTeS was situated in Paradou, a village in the Vallée des Baux. Here, founder Hubert Nyssen, his wife Christine Le Bœuf, (which was the granddaughter of Belgian banker and patron Henry Le Bœuf[4]), his sister Françoise Nyssen, Bertrand Py and Jean-Paul Capitani met and founded Actes Sud. In 1983 Actes Sud moved to Arles. The publishing house was incorporated on 2 May 1987.[5]

The Actes Sud was a publication of the "Atelier de cartographie thématique et statistique" (ACTeS).[6]


A selection of authors Actes Sud published:



Actes Süd provides a catalogue naming 11,500 titles. It has more than two hundred employees, mostly at the sites in Arles and Paris, about twenty external advisors and a plethora of translators work in France and elsewhere.

Book series

  • Actes Sud BD
  • Actes Sud - Classica
  • Actes Sud Junior
  • Actes Sud - L’An 2
  • Actes noirs
  • Actes Sud - Papiers
  • Actes Sud / Solin
  • Actes Sud / Sindbad
  • Babel
  • Babel noir
  • Domaine du possible
  • Un endroit où aller
  • Exofictions
  • Photo Poche


  1. ^ a b Leménager, Grégoire (November 15, 2011). "La mort d'Hubert Nyssen, fondateur d'Actes Sud". Le Nouvel Observateur. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Beuve-Méry, Alain (January 3, 2013). "Actes Sud rachète Payot & Rivages". Le Monde. Archived from the original on November 19, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Molga, Paul (November 11, 2012). "Le Goncourt force la croissance d'Actes Sud". Les Echos. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Décès de Christine Le Bœuf, cofondatrice d'Actes Sud, illustratrice et traductrice". Livres Hebdo (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-10.
  5. ^ "Hubert Nyssen, Actes Sud: Profile and Biography". Retrieved 2022-08-10.
  6. ^ "Hubert NYSSEN - Les Moments Littéraires". Retrieved 2022-08-10.
  7. ^ "Le Goncourt garantit-il un succès en librairie ?" (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  8. ^ "Le Goncourt pour Jérôme Ferrari". Livres hebdo (in French). November 7, 2012. Archived from the original on September 10, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Ken Willsher (November 3, 2015). "France's top literary prize awarded to Mathias Énard". The Guardian. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Le prix Goncourt récompense Eric Vuillard pour " L'Ordre du jour "". Le Monde (in French). Archived from the original on 2019-06-16. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  11. ^ Van Renterghem, Marion (November 4, 2015). "Françoise Nyssen, l'éditrice à qui tout réussit". Le Monde. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Marshall, Alex (8 November 2018). "Nicolas Mathieu Wins Goncourt Prize for Work on France's Forgotten". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
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