Le Goût des autres: Literary Festival Commemorates Aimé Césaire

The French literary festival “Le Goût des autres” [The Taste of Others] is being held for the second time from January 24 to 27, 2013, in Le Havre, France.  This second edition of the literary festival, a completely free event, will celebrate the centenary of the birth of Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) with the theme “Aimé Césaire: The Literature of Negritude or Fundamental Freedom.” The main venue will be Magic Mirrors.

Description: In 1931, Aimé Césaire, Martinican poet and politician, set ​​his first steps on Metropolitan soil in the port of Le Havre. In 1939, he wrote Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, a long poem in which he evokes his Martinican roots. In tribute to this author, we invite you to evoke your country of birth. Write about the theme of “Letter to my native land”, dreamed or adopted, real or imaginary, near or far . . .

To participate: Write an electronic or handwritten letter (maximum 2 pages – 7000 characters); read your letter aloud, in audio or video format (maximum 2 minutes): mp3, mp4, avi or flv.; submit your letter before December 20, 2012.

You may send submissions by email at legoutdesautres@lehavre.fr or by regular mail at: Bibliothèque Municipale Armand Salacrou, Mathilde Mahier, 17 rue Jules Lecesne, 76 600 Le Havre, France

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

For original announcement and guidelines (in French), see http://lehavre.fr/node/12162/

Also see http://www.e-karbe.com/livres/le-festival-litteraire-le-gout-des-autres-mettra-a-lhonneur-aime-cesaire-du-24-au-27-janvier-2013 and http://www.paris-normandie.fr/actu/le-havre-lettre-a-mon-pays-natal

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