Editions Wildproject
Who We Are

Wildproject is a fiction and non-fiction publishing house specialized in ecology.

A French publishing house with an American name, Wildproject was originally conceived in New York in 2003 during a residency in Bard College. Several titles of our catalogue and the spirit of the house keep track of this transatlantic foundation.

While most known for its non-fiction books on the environment by Rachel Carson, J. Baird Callicott or Kinji Imanishi, Wildproject continues to champion literature, with a list encompassing innovative debut novels and most established writers. Our works of the imagination feature writers like Julien Gravelle, Jim Harrison, Kenneth White, Gary Snyder.

Founded in 2008 in Paris by Baptiste Lanaspeze, Wildproject settled in Marseille in 2009. Wildproject currently publishes around 10 books a year.

 

Foreign Rights
We hold the world rights for the following titles. Please contact us at the email address below for your rights requests.
baptiste.lanaspeze_at_wildproject.org


ECOLOGICAL HUMANITIES

 

Les Diplomates
Cohabiter avec les loups
sur une nouvelle carte du vivant
Baptiste Morizot
320 p., 2016

ENGLISH RIGHTS SOLD

 

"This book has been a bombshell in France. This model of diplomacy is the foundation of what will become in the future the source of new forms of law, of properties relations and of sovereignety.
—Bruno Latour

How do we react to the sudden return of wolves to France, to their dispersal throughout a  French countryside that, because of rural flight, is nearly as empty today as it was in the days of ancient Gaule? This is, first and foremost, a geopolitical problem. The return of the wolf challenges our ability to coexist with the very biodiversity that gives us life-- and challenges us to invent new forms of diplomacy.

Our sense of property and borders comes from a “sense of territory” that we have in common with other animals. And our diplomatic skill has its origins in an animal know-how that is inscribed deep in our evolutionary history. 

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, Konrad Lorenz, Aldo Leopold, and many other “diplomats”, Morizot offers us an essay on animal philosophy.

Like a prairie fire, this book sweeps across and renders fertile the great topics of environmental philosophy, ethology, and even ethics. It draws for us a picture of a world where we might “live intelligently with that which, inside of us and outside of us, refuses to be domesticated.”


Biography of Daniel Pauly
David Grémillet
408 p., 2019

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The dramatic destiny of one of the greatest whistleblowers of our time.

An epic life story. Daniel Pauly, the child of a fleeting romance between an African American GI and a French factory worker, defies the odds to escape his Dickensian childhood for university halls and ultimately, the open ocean.

A life’s work.  When Rachel Carson wrote The Sea Around Us in 1951, man’s impact on marine ecosystems was already becoming evident.  Thirty years later, Daniel Pauly’s extraordinary career leads him into the battle of a lifetime—to identify and establish the scale of overfishing and tell the truth about the state of our world’s oceans.

A big-picture moment.  The first book to present, in simple terms, overfishing as a global issue, both politically and for the environment. 

A clear example of how our collective environmental crisis ties into questions of justice and inequality between the global North and the global South.

The result of 2 years of research and dozens of interviews over 4 continents.

 

 

 




L'économie expliquée aux humains
Emmanuel Delannoy
Préface de Hubert Reeves
144 p., 2011

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“Dear Homo sapiens, great primate endowed with reason, it is to you that I write today. Before I go any further, and despite the fact that it might disturb you, I have something I would like to confess: my name is Cerambyx cerdo, and I am not a human being.”

Cerambyx cerdo (also known as the capricorn beetle), is a member of the order Coleoptera and he lives in old oak trees. He has wanted to talk to you for some time, and he has a lot to say.

About the economy, collective intelligence, biomimetism, the end of petroleum, the “services” rendered by the natural world, the industrial economy… This large insect whose origins are lost in the mists of time has come to turn our perceptions upside down and show us the way into the future.

This book is an accessible, educational and highly entertaining  introduction to the principal schools of thought that, for the last few decades, have been transforming the economy in the era of environmentalism.

For readers age 10 to 100.


Permaéconomie
Emmanuel Delannoy

140 p., 2017

RIGHTS SOLD TO CHINA

 

Masked by the clamour of the old world, an economic revolution is underway. Based on a new relationship with living things, inspired by permaculture, the permaeconomy protects the richness of the biosphere, the foundation of all prosperity. 

With the way it functions currently, our economy does not seem able to create the kind of shared prosperity that we have a right to expect from it. Our trust has been broken. And whose fault is that? Certainly, the fault of the excesses of over-financed, “ungrounded” capitalism, but also of the silent majority who allow it to happen, overwhelmed by a system whose workings seem beyond them.

To try to understand is to disobey. To engage differently, to produce differently, to consume differently is to resist. New revolutionary models are already in the works: circular economies, product-service systems, biomimetism... 

The permaeconomy is a new paradigm that brings these models together in a coherent whole. Emmanuel Delannoy presents the principles of this paradigm and its initial achievements for citizens, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers.

 



L'Apartheid et l'animal
Estienne Rodary
340 p., 2019

 

Through an exploration of the national parks of southern Africa, Estienne Rodary analyzes the erosion of forms of segregation that have typically characterized modernity.

He invites us to consider co-presence as a major phenomenon of our globalized world. By investigating the ways in which nature conservation attempts to overcome the very contradictions it has created, E. Rodary reveals a process whereby modernity is dissolving.

In South Africa, co-presence threatened the colonial project of spatial segregation early in its history; this led to the policies of apartheid (controlling mobility rather than controlling borders). Today, “connective” conservation policies mark the height of modernity, but they are also a sign of its dissolution because they blur the modern distinction between subject and object, nature and culture, civilized and wild. These connections explode the borders of modernity and cause strategies for creating distance to be reinvented. In doing so, those same connections create new forms of segregation.

E. Rodary shows how, through the act of “creating distance,” the phenomenon of translocation (the displacement of individuals, both humans and animals) is a symptom of our time. Based in geography and the question of space, Rodary offers the environmental humanities a powerful work of symmetrical anthropology, the product of a decade of field work in Southern Africa.

 

La Propriété de la terre
Sarah Vanuxem
140 p., 2018

 

"With the idea that things are environments, because you can stay there, Sarah Vanuxem is shaking up the notion of property."
— Philippe Descola

Going against the dominant doctrine, Sarah Vanuxem shows that property cannot be understood as the “sovereign power of an individual over things.” Even in modern law, in the French Civil Code itself, with its Roman and Medieval origins, the notion of property is caught up in community--things are rooted in the communal.

By showing that it is possible to confer rights upon a place, Sarah Vanuxem allows us to escape, via the law, from our modern, Western understanding of property--and shows what our legal heritage has in common with radical indigenous and ecofeminist perspectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

NARRATIVES AND LITERATURE

Le Journal du Rio Negro
Pierre Restany
160 p., w. pictures, 2013

 

In the late 1970s, in Amazonia, the art theorist of the Nouveau Réalisme launches the Naturalisme intégral.
"A myth", according to Andy Warhol.

In the summer of 1978, French philosopher Pierre Restany sets off on a voyage into the heart of the Amazon joined by Brazilian artists Frans Krajcberg and Sepp Baendereck.

Their journey by boat up the the Rio Negro will prove to be a profound and deeply moving sensory experience. For Restany, it will also be the catalyst for a theoretical revolution: his Journal du Rio Negro would later give rise to the manifesto of Integral Naturalism (Naturalisme intégral).

Drawing on the principles of New Realism, Restany affirms that the question of nature will henceforth be at the very center of art and culture. While braving mosquitoes and hangovers, he invites the Western world of the 21st century to launch a “second Renaissance.”

Thirty years later, this daring and prophetic text has established itself as a classic-- one that reveals Restany in his natural state.

 


Nitassinan
Julien Gravelle
288 p., 2011

 

An ambitious debut novel telling the story of a land, in nine narratives taking place across five centuries on the same ground.

“The bear had loved the taste of forest berries, of ant larvae, of the flesh of fawns. He had fought pitched battles for females who smelled so sweet and poached on human lands. And he had thought he would be able to live one more summer as a lover of the forest.” 

Nitassinan : “our land” in the Ilnue language. North of Saint-Jean Lake in Quebec, there is a stretch of  boreal forest about which not much has been written. Nine stories, nine destinies, nine time periods stretching over five centuries of turbulent history. American Indian hunters, colonists, coureurs du bois, a scientist, dogs, bears, caribou, wildlife. 

Cruel and powerful stories enigmatically stitched together to form the epic story of a piece of earth, a vast narrative of place.

 

 

 



Une Frontière française
Michel Samson
192 p., 2013

 

The acclaimed journalist Michel Samson navigates between the living memories of the villages and the archives of libraries to find the secrets of the longest border of the French republic : a 730-kilometer-long line of water and jungle following a river called Oyapock.

A line of water in the jungle 730 kilometers long: the longest land border of the Republic of France flows through a river called the Oyapock, then snakes along inaccessible forest slopes. It is the border that separates French Guiana from the Federative Republic of Brazil.

For a long time the subject of a dispute between Portugal and France, then between France and Brazil, this limit is crossed every day by all sorts of border-jumpers-- gold miners, traders, teachers, sandal-buyers, Amerindians, Guianan Creoles, Haitian exiles, scrap metal merchants, crack dealers, prostitutes, johns, and all sorts of  vagabonds looking for a better life. 

The French and Brazilian presidents decided together to construct a bridge across this border river. Finished but never officially inaugurated, this stretch of cement has incited strikes by ferrymen, no-confidence votes, and many, many meeting between important people. 

To straddle the border and to explore its boundaries is to discover the echoes of obscure Amazonian battles that poisoned the world from the 17th to the 20th century. It is also a way to understand the senseless clashes that, since the beginning of the 21st century, pit North and South against one another.

 

Voyages en sol incertain
Matthieu Duperrex
240 p., 2019

 

“Through his incredible study of rivers, Duperrex manages to make sedimentation into both an earth science and a natural philosophy that is extraordinarily silent and mutable.”
—Bruno Latour

“I would like to build myself a little cabin in Tonkin. It would be my Walden Pond and I would spend my time imitating Thoreau, writing a new ethics of nature in the middle of the swamp with, as my soundtrack, the din of the Arcelor foundry, the movements of the quay cranes, and the rumblings of the tractor trailers.”

The deltas of the Rhone and the Mississippi are the setting of intense ecological, historical, industrial, sociological, and political issues. Profoundly hybrid territories, these deltas are emblematic of our current relationship with the Earth.

After a long stay in the field, the author returns with a series of 31 narratives, each centered around one of 31 species of plants and animals. Between theory and narration, this work invents a new way of writing, one that is attentive to the interrelationships between living things. The untold story of our modern landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Gang du Kosmos
Poetics and politics on American ground
Kenneth White
352 p., 2015

 

4 poetic biographies of 4 American poets that developed what Kenneth White calls the "Whitmanian line": Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Gary Snyder, Robinson Jeffers.

The Gang of the Kosmos is a wild romp in the company of four American poets: Allen Ginsburg, William Carlos Williams, Gary Snyder, and Robinson Jeffers. 

Following in the footsteps of Walt Whitman, Kenneth White offers us a continuous stream of poetry that has all the chaos of a boxing ring, an intoxicating literary performance for four voices, a night out with friends that goes on until morning.

There is no chronology in the unfolding of this whitmanian lineage over the course of the 20th century: time rolls into a spiral that comes and goes between New York, Russia, San Francisco, China, Big Sur, and the Ganges. One poet’s spectacular homage to a handful of his brothers in an atmosphere of emulation from which only old Whitman himself will escape unscathed.

Written in 1978 and still unpublished in the original version (English), The Gang of the Kosmos reveals itself to be a the keystone of White’s work--and without a doubt, one of the best books ever written about America.  


Une fugue de Bach
Jean Salmona
92 p., 2011

 

"A luscious tale of initiation which shows us a Bach at the both carnal and mystical, great ...an aesthete before the Lord."
– Franck Mallet, Classica

One spring morning, Johann Sebastian Bach announces to his family that he will be going away for a few weeks to a hunting lodge in Saxony so that he can compose in peace. 

In reality, though, he brings along Eva, an exceptionally gifted student, in order to instruct her in the science of music--and gastronomy.

This musical, esthetic, and culinary initiation will go on to become a sentimental education and an apprenticeship for the senses. God and flesh, body and soul.

How far will the master be able to follow his disciple?

 

 

 

 

 

 


A fond de cale : 
un siècle de jazz à Marseille

Michel Samson
Gilles Suzanne
320 p., 2011

The History of Jazz, as Heard from Marseille.

 

M.A.R.S.
Histoires et légendes 
du hip-hop à Marseille 
Julien Valnet
224 p., 2013

The definitive book on the history of hip-hop in Marseille.


 

 



 

 

METROPOLITAN HIKING GUIDES

 

GR®2013 Marseille-Provence
Sentier métropolitain 
autour de l'étang de Berre 
et du massif de l'Etoile 

192 p., 2013

The first artistic hiking guidebook.
20 000 copies sold.
The National Geographic 2013 "Best New Trail" no. 2.


La Révolution de Paris
Paul-Hervé Lavessière
192 p., 2014

A travel on foot of 130 km, 6 days across 37 towns : 
the author, a 25-year-old geographer, designed the route along which he takes us in his journey around the French capital. Lavessière simply creates a new geography of Paris.
"The Greater Paris eventually embodied".