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French academician Dany Laferrière in Chicago on Feb. 13

French academician Dany Laferrière in Chicago on Feb. 13

Published on February 3, 2017
A member of the prestigious Académie Française since 2015, this Québec author of Haitian origin will speak candidly at the Marianne Midwest conferences, broadcast live to the Alliances Françaises du Midwest network. The format will be a conversation with Joëlle Vitiello, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of French Literature at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.

One thing is certain: you never get bored with Dany Laferrière. First Haitian and first Quebecer called to the prestigious Académie Française, he sits in chair no. 2, once occupied by Alexandre Dumas, another Caribbean-born author. His first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, appeared in Quebec in 1985. Dany Laferrière won the Prix Médicis in 2009 with L’enigme du retour. With Laferrière, "the Academy opens to the whole Francophonie" says Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, perpetual secretary of the French Academy.

On February 13, Dany Laferrière will be discussing various topics with Joëlle Vitiello, associate professor and department chair in French Literature at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She teaches 20th century French Literature, Francophone Studies, Cultural Trends in Contemporary France, and French at all levels. Her specialization is in contemporary writing by women. She co-organized the first international Women In French Conference. She co-edited Elles écrivent des Antilles with Susanne Rinne (1997) on Haitian literature, as well as numerous publications on the representations of female friendship in francophone literature, Andrée Chedid, Colette Nys-Mazure, and North African Women writers.

  • The event:
    Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.
    Alliance française de Chicago - 54 W. Chicago Avenue.
    Free Admission. In French.
  • The broadcast:
    Please contact if your alliance or university wants to receive the broadcast (in French).
  • Reservation:
    Please call (312) 337-1070 for more information.
    Click HERE to register for this event.
    Please note that registrations for cultural programs are non-refundable.
  • Parking:
    12 hours for $8 at two locations close to the Alliance. More information here.
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