Haitian-born Québécois writer Dany Laferrière has been announced as the recipient of the 2010 Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix, awarded each year to mark “a lifetime of literary achievement by a writer of international reputation.” The $10,000 Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix is given annually at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. The 2010 event will take place April 21-25, 2010, at the Delat Centre-Ville Hotel in Montreal.
Past recipients of the prize include A.S. Byatt (2009), Daniel Pennac (2008), Margaret Atwood (2007), Michel Tremblay (2006), Carlos Fuentes (2005), Paul Auster (2004), Maryse Condé (2003), Mavis Gallant (2002), Norman Mailer (2001), and Marie-Claire Blais (2000).
Dany Laferrière has witten 16 novels. In French, his most recent publication is the childern’s book La fête des morts (The Feast of the Dead) [also see previous post Dany Laferrière’s new book for children La fête des morts]. He was awarded the Prix du Gouverneur Général in 2006 for his previous book for children, Je suis fou de Vava. His most recent book in English is Heading South (a translation of Vers le sud) published by Douglas & McIntyre.
For full article (in French), see http://www.haitipressnetwork.com/news.cfm?articleID=12791