From his passion for Bruce Lee to the writing of this novel, a gothic thriller, Info-Chalon tells you all about this author who will hold a signing session on Saturday May 28 in Chalon-sur-Saône.
It is impossible to mention Lionel Boulet without referring to his autobiography and photo book that traces the itinerary of this collector ‘Bruce Lee and me’, published in 2015, a work that has the support of the actor’s relatives, also translated into English and whose 2nd edition premiered in 2019. Success among amateurs and novices, such as the exhibition to be offered in September 2019 at the Galerie l’Atrium, rue du Pont in Chalon-sur-Saône scheduled for 1 week but to remain in the place for 2 months since it is occupied; 3000 people will make the trip! Bruce Lee fascinates, even manages to captivate the younger generations who discover his films, his philosophy and the man behind the legend, the one who tragically dies in all his glory.
Why did Lionel Boulet cling to this legend, the little Dragon, as he is nicknamed? Perhaps because the loss of his father at the age of 7 leaves him with an immeasurable void and sorrow. He takes refuge in this passion and everything related to the artistic field; a child apart and an unusual trip. He meets a collector who, out of friendship, gives him part of his collection to begin with, he expands it in such a way that he is today one of the largest collectors on the subject.
In 2013, after a heart attack when he was only 34 years old, writing, when he recovered, became obvious to him. Bruce Lee was not so lucky, he died in 1973 at the age of 32, his son Brandon Lee at 28, accidentally on the set of the movie ‘The Crow’ in 1993. Like his father, his death creates controversy . After his heart attack, Lionel Boulet wants to leave a testimony, a mark and embarks on the writing of a 470-page book, A4 format and profusely illustrated with photographs of the objects, rare documents that make up his collection and an unpublished interview; a colossal but legitimate work by the well-known and renowned collector that he is, made with the participation of authors and historians Steve Kerridge and David Tadman.
Inexhaustible on the subject, the author, as webmaster, travels the roads to present exhibitions, animate conferences or even participate in conventions. There he meets, among others, Taky Kimura, Bruce Lee’s student and best friend. He must participate in a special program and is preparing an exhibition in Hong Kong, which he unfortunately gives up on the advice of the actor’s nephew who informs him that the containers, supposedly to transport the objects of the collection, are not safe. C8 (Direct 8 at the time) dedicates a documentary to him when he leaves for Rome following in the footsteps of his idol who had filmed part of his film ‘La fureur du Dragon’ there.
In 2020, he realizes a dream that he had in mind for 30 years: to write a novel. ‘Sarah: Crow’s Tears’ is a 130-page thriller, drama with a touch of fantasy and inspired by the movie ‘The Crow’, directed by Alex Proyas and taken from the comics by James O’Barr that marked him greatly in his adolescence . , for his universe but also because it touched his sensible world. ‘Sarah: Crow’s Tears’ is meant to be the sequel to this movie, although you don’t need to have seen it, but its change of status may encourage you to do so.
Released at the end of 2019, translated into Italian, English and soon into Spanish, this self-published novel is currently selling more in the United States than in France. “I wanted to develop this story through my experience. Rochelle Davis, the actress who plays the girl in the film ‘The Raven’ pushed me to do it, as did other actors in the film, including one in particular who was even active in the American translation of the book,” Lionel confesses. Boulet moving forward on her upcoming novel ‘Next’, a hair-raising psychological thriller.
The signing session will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at the TOQU’ART bar-brasserie, 30 quai Ste Marie in Chalon-sur-Saône.