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February 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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*Lecture in French
Dany Laferrière’s Journal d’un écrivain en pyjama started off as a how-to book about writing, but quickly evolved into a 320-page exploration of writing that includes “notes, reflections, meditations and digressions,” and advice to aspiring authors in the form of stories. According to the author, “I thought that a how-to book might be a bit dreary. It would only be of interest to those who write. So instead of focusing on the writer who writes, I broadened my scope to all aspiring writers: the writer in pyjamas. To me, the writer in pyjamas has every right to write even if he doesn’t get published.”
Dany Laferrière is a Haitian-Canadian novelist and journalist who writes in French. He was elected to the Académie française in 2013 and inducted in May 2015, becoming the first Haitian, the first Canadian and the first Quebecois to receive that honor. He is the author of twenty books, beginning with Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (1985), to his most recent Tout ce qu’on ne te dira pas (2015). His 11th novel, L’énigme du retour, garnered the prestigious Prix Médicis in 2009.
This event is featured as part of “le Français dans tous ses états”, a series of events supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
From Columbia Maison Française.