A post by Peter Jordens.
Haïti Libre reports that the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to the writer of Haitian origin, Dany Laferrière, for his literary involvement and the remarkable influence of his work on the literature written in the French language, within the context of the cultural diversity and reality of Quebec during the past 30 years.
Born in Port-au-Prince on April 13, 1953, the novelist, poet, writer and filmmaker Windsor Klébert ‘Dany’ Laferrière left Haiti in 1974 to settle in Quebec. He currently lives in Miami and Montreal. Author of more than twenty books, he received the Prix Medicis 2009 and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal for his novel L’Énigme du retour. His first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (1985), has been translated into many languages and adapted for the screen. In 2002 he received the Price RFO du Livre for his book Cette grenade dans la main du jeune Nègre est-elle une arme ou un fruit? This year Laferrière published Journal d’un écrivain en pyjama.
Dany Laferrière is presently one of three candidates for Seat Nr. 2 of the French Academy, France’s official authority on matters pertaining to the French language. The Academy, established in 1635, consists of forty members known as ‘immortals.’
For the complete news articles, go to http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9918-haiti-literature-dany-laferriere-received-a-doctorate-honoris-causa.html and http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9730-haiti-culture-dany-laferriere-candidate-for-the-french-academy.html (both in English). The original articles in French are at http://www.haitilibre.com/article-9918-haiti-litterature-dany-laferriere-recoit-un-doctorat-honoris-causa.html and http://www.haitilibre.com/article-9730-haiti-culture-dany-laferriere-candidat-a-l-academie-francaise.html.