Her family is her refuge, her animals her constant companions, and the Société de Lecture her second home. Delphine has been at the helm of the Société’s cultural events for the past 20 years. She grew up with the Société de Lecture, and in turn has nurtured its growth. In 2009, she was recognized by the French Academy for her service to French literature with its Prix du Rayonnement de la Langue et de La Littérature Françaises, and in 2013 she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Her first loves – complemented but not replaced by literature – were theatre and dance: she spent eight years promoting and supporting stage arts with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Foundation for Culture. She holds a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Geneva, a Federal certificate in public relations, and a diploma in Spanish language and culture from the University of Barcelona. Her volunteer activities include 10 years as a member of the steering committee of Clair Bois Foundation for the disabled, where she was in charge of media affairs. She has been a member of the boards of Am Stram Gram Children’s Theatre and the Geneva Book Fair’s Fondation pour l’écrit.
Books challenge Delphine intellectually and emotionally; nature fills her with peace and wonder. She loves nothing more than travelling the world to clamber up a glacier in crampons, and she has summited more than 10 4,000-meter peaks.
Lillian holds a Master’s in Law from the University of Fribourg and a STEP certificate in trust and estate management. A polyglot and bookworm since childhood, she is fascinated by every aspect of the human condition, from literature to art to psychology. Her many activities include volunteering at the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and she spent several years overseeing the activities and administration of a non-profit supporting development projects around the world. She has also worked for a Geneva law firm specialising in corporate, foundation and tax law.
A long-time member of the Société de Lecture, along with her family, she joined our team as executive director in April 2019. What she loves most about her job is the incredible people she gets to meet every day, the dynamic team she works with, and the intellectual stimulation it gives her. Outside of work, her passions include her family, travel, cooking, games, culture and, of course, reading.
A long-distance walker and lover of the byways, Emmanuel has traveled to Compostela and Rome from Switzerland. He has crossed the Alps and Corsica, among other places. He is the author of “Très Saint-Père, lettres ouvertes au pape François” (Ed. Salvator, 2018) and of “Via Jacobi, sur le chemin suisse de Compostelle” (Ed. Saint-Augustin/Heidi.news, 2020). A journalist attached to Swiss Radio and Television for more than 20 years, he is co-producer of “Faut pas croire”, the religious and ethical TV program of RTSreligion. He holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Geneva and a Master’s degree in audio-visual journalism from Boston University. He is an avid film consumer and a keen reader, and is in charge, at the Société de Lecture, of developing non-French-speaking programming and communications.
After obtaining a master’s in finance from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Tours-Poitiers (FR), followed by a second master’s at the University of Hull (UK), Olivia began her career as a financial analyst in a private bank. She then worked in consulting before moving into financial audit at a shipping firm. Olivia has been a member of the board of trustees of the Geneva chapter of La Main Tendue in Geneva for several years, and is currently its treasurer. When not busy being a mother to her charming twin daughters, she can be found enjoying her two hobbies, reading and the theatre.
After a baccalaureate in literature and philosophy, followed by a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Lyon II, Maxime completed a graduate certificate in documentation science at the University of Geneva. Before joining the Société de Lecture as head librarian in 2003, he worked for the United Nations library and archive, and several public libraries in Geneva.
He knows the Société’s collection inside and out and has a thousand stories to tell, books to recommend and literary treasures to share with members.
After attending university in Lyon, she taught music for several years before training as a librarian. She has been sharing her enthusiasm for and love of books with the Société de Lecture since 2008.
Her interests range widely from embroidery to classical music (she sings and plays the recorder and bagpipes), film (she has a soft spot for ’30s and ’50s cinema) and, of course, books of every description.
Adrien earned his Federal Certificate in documentation science after completing a three-year apprenticeship at the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and the Nicolas Bouvier Commercial High School in Geneva. He interned with the Red Cross International Prisoners of War Agency and the Museum of Natural History, where he helped catalogue the periodicals and contributed to new exhibitions. Having joined the Société de Lecture in March 2020, he is eager to get to know the library. Adrien is a self-confessed fitness nut and a voracious reader. His volunteer activities include organising public discussions and awareness training for an association of young deaf people (JLPC).
The permanent team reports to the Executive Committee, which is comprised of 12 volunteer members. Its responsibilities include planning the Société’s activities – such as lecture series, debates and workshops – supervising the permanent team and providing ad hoc support. The Executive Committee is elected by the AGM of the members of for a four-year term, renewable for two further years.
Members of the Executive Committee:
Isabelle Gattiker, Stéphanie Barbey, Nicolas Hoffmann, Thierry Maurice, Delphine de Candolle, Nathalie Fulconis, Lillian Chavan, Thierry Dana (président), Emmanuel Tagnard (trésorier), Louis de Saussure, Céline Gautier, Hélène Leibkutsch, Nicolas Zufferey, Manuel Bouvier (vice-président).
Members of the Reading Committee are nominated by current members and confirmed by the Executive Committee. Every year, this group of avid readers and book-lovers selects roughly 1,000 new or donated books to add to the collection. Their selection and book reviews are shared with members through the Société de Lecture’s monthly magazine, Plume au Vent.
Members of the Reading Committee :
Hélène Leibkutsch (président), Christian Buenzod, Bruno Desgardins, Pascale Dhombres, Jacques-Simon Eggly, Catherine Fauchier-Magnan, Fadiah Haller-Assaad, Tatiana Hervieu-Causse, Sharon Mordasini, Soussan Raadi-Djalili, Petr Shmatenko, David Spurr, Dominique Thouvenin as well as our librarians: Christiane Bernadac, Maxime Canals et Cléa Marcuard.
Established in 1997, the Société de Lecture Foundation owns the historic townhouse, built in the 18th century as the residence of the King of France’s representative in Geneva, which has housed the Société de Lecture for more than 200 years.
The Foundation’s mission is to promote reading and to support the activities of the Société de Lecture. To realise this aim, the Foundation uses, maintains and restores the building on an ongoing basis.
The Société de Lecture enjoys rent-free use of its premises, while the other parts of the building are let commercially. The Foundation uses this rental income to fund ongoing investments in the building and to contribute to the costs of operating and furnishing the Société de Lecture.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are members of the Société de Lecture. Three members of the Executive Committee sit on the Board.
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Après la réalisation d’un CFC de photographe au CEPV de Vevey en 2007, elle obtient un Bachelor en arts visuels à la Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD) en 2010. Elle décline sa pratique entre mandats et projets personnels. Son travail personnel a été sélectionné pour le Fotofilmic Travelling Exhibition (2018 -2019) – Thessaloniki, Vancouver, Paris, New York, elle a participé au projet initié par le Musée de l’Elysée : Les Principes Humanitaires ici et Maintenant et dans ce cadre a été exposé au Vénézuela, en Pologne, en Ukraine, en Espagne et en Suisse (2018 – 2022), au Musée d’Art de Pully (2017), au Photo15 à Zurich (2016) et au Centre de la Photographie à Genève (2015). Elle a reçu la bourse des ateliers de la ville de Genève pour la période 2016-2019.
Diplômée d’un DNSEP d’école supérieure d’Arts en France, d’un diplôme postgrade de l’école de photographie de Vevey et d’un certificat complémentaire de la HEAD. Elle arpente depuis plusieurs années les coulisses des scènes du théâtre de La Comédie ou du Grand Théâtre de Genève. Un travail de plateau que vient compléter celui effectué auprès des autrices et auteurs de la Société de Lecture. Ces collaborations ainsi que celles qu’elle poursuit fidèlement auprès du NOF de Fribourg, de divers festivals, ou de la photographe Sandra Pointet pour le magazine In The Mood du Bon Génie, nourrissent une même quête, que vient interroger en parallèle son travail personnel. Elle participa en 2014 à l’enquête photographique Vis-à-vis de la ville de Genève, enquête et exposition dans l’espace public. Actuellement en travail de recherche en co-commissariat avec Karelle Méniné pour l’exposition Recadrage, ainsi que le projet Causerie avec Céline Bolomey en collaboration avec le théâtre de La Comédie de Genève.
Formée en tant que graphiste à l’Ecole des arts décoratifs de Genève au temps où l’encre et le crayon étaient encore de rigueur, Pascale a su persévérer dans son métier en y intégrant les outils de la modernité. C’est cependant par sa passion pour ces instruments d’écriture et de dessin ainsi que son talent si particulier que Pascale apporte originalité et fraîcheur dans la création de tous nos supports de communication.