The Astier-Pécher Literary & Film Agency represents fiction and non-fiction authors, rights-holders and publishers from all over the world.
It was founded in February 2006 by Pierre Astier, founder and director of Editions Le Serpent à Plumes from 1988 to 2004, and Laure Pécher, associate agent and editor at Les Classiques du Monde (Editions Zoé).
[Associates & partners]
Pierre Astier — Founder and director of the agency, Pierre represents mainly French-speaking authors and French-speaking publishers. After having worked for ten years in the art world (Karl Flinker Gallery, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Palazzo Grassi, Venice), he created in 1988 the quarterly short stories magazine Le Serpent à Plumes. In 1993, together with Claude Tarrène, he set up the eponymous publishing house, Le Serpent à Plumes, focusing on contemporary fiction and starting with two collections: Fiction française (Gisèle Pineau, Eric Faye, Amin Zaoui, Dany Laferrière, Abdourahman A. Waberi, Xavier Bazot, etc.) and Fiction étrangère (Timothy Findley, Margaret Atwood, Nuruddin Farah, John Cheever, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, etc.). One year later, he created with Tania Capron the paperback collection Motifs. The collections Essais et Documents, Musiques, Serpent Noir and Désordres were launched shortly after.
Laure Pécher — Co-founder of the agency, she represents both authors and publishers. She is also a publisher. After having studied Byzantine philology, she worked for five years at Le Serpent à Plumes as rights manager. In 2002, she started publishing classics with Les Classiques du Monde at Editions Zoé (Geneva).
Jérôme Bouchaud – Based in Asia, Jérôme is in charge of the agency’s Asian list. He is also a publisher at Editions Jentayu.