Paris Book Fair Features Euzhan Palcy and Dany Laferrière

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Among the many activities organized at the 2014 Paris Book Fair [Salon du Livre de Paris], from March 21 to 24, there is a section dedicated to France’s Overseas Departments—Les Outre-Mers de près ou de loin. The guest of honor of this section is Dany Laferrière.

Dany Laferriere

There will also be a talk by Martinican director Euzhan Palcy—“Rencontre entre images et mots”—on March 22 at 3:00pm, in which the filmmaker will discuss her approach to the autobiographical novel by Joseph Zobel, Rue Cases Nègres, which she adapted for the big screen. This dialogue will address the work of the literary film adaptation and provide an overview of the cinema of overseas territories. The director will also have a DVD-signing session. The DVDs were produced in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the film Rue Cases Nègres [Sugar Cane Alley]. (Stand B 63 – Aisle B / Pavilion 1)

On Friday, March 21, there is a round table in honor of Palcy as the first woman president of FESPACO (2013) with Ab Al Malik and Marguerite Abouet.  Stand 64 / Hall 1)


Other round tables include “Créolité Tout-Monde,” on traditions of Creole writing and language, with the participation of exponents of Créolité such as Tony Delsham, Benzo, Suzanne Dracius, Hector Poullet, and Benzo; “Les lignes de l’exil”, ​​on graphic arts, comics, and novels consistent with the literatures of the overseas territories (exile is present in the Hippolytus et Zabus comic books, is central to the texts Dany Laferrière, and remains a present-day concern); and “Du poème au roman” [From Poem to Novel], with Frédéric Ohlen and Jean-François Samlong.

More activities include « Chants-Slam-Poèmes » [Songs-Slam-Poems], a roundtable focusing on the words and illustrations of slam performances and readings. A special tribute will be paid to the poetry and stories of all overseas territories, through the voices of poets, storytellers, and slammers including Nicolas Kurtovich, Lémy Lémane Coco, Flora Devatine, Frédéric Ohlen, Paul Wamo, Benzo, André Rober, and Suzanne Dracius, among others.

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