French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's publisher and cartoonist presents to journalists the front cover a satirical drawing titled "Intouchables 2" in Paris on Sep. 19, 2012.
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November 9, 2015 12:37 PM EST

A manifesto written by the late editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo will be published in English for the first time in 2016.

Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb, was killed last Jan. 7 when gunmen stormed the Charlie Hebdo office, shooting several employees dead.

It was later discovered that Charbonnier had finished a book only two days before his death. The book, OPEN LETTER: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia and the True Enemies of Free Expression, will be published in North America for the first time by Little, Brown and Company in January 2016.

“In OPEN LETTER, Charb’s words are powerful and provocative. I’m honored to be able to publish this important and lasting work on free expression,” said Little, Brown and Company publisher Reagan Arthur in a statement. The company acquired North American rights for the book from publisher Les Echappés, which released the volume in French earlier this year.

Charbonnier had joined the Charlie Hebdo staff in 1992 and had been the editor-in-chief since 2009.

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