A series of lectures, debates, roundtables, readings, musical and theatrical performances, and film screenings— D’Encre et d’exil insulaires [Of Ink and Insular Exiles]— focusing on writing, exile, and insularity, will take place at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, from November 27 to November 30, 2009.
The island will be a central trope in this exploration of the condition of the writer as exile (or “the one who leaves the island: l’ex-île”) or isolated, exile as the ideal site/situation for the writer, and the island itself as a creative exile or a refuge for the imaginary. 13 writers/artists from 13 islands have been invited to reflect on these topics. The five guests representing Caribbean islands are Eduardo Manet (Cuba), Daniel Maximin (Guadeloupe), Dany Laferrière (Haïti), Roland Brival (Martinique), and Neil Bissoondath (Trinidad).
Book-signing sessions will also be scheduled during the three day event.