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Dany Laferrière receives the Grand Prix des Ambassadeurs francophones

The Grand Prix des Ambassadeurs francophones was awarded to Dany Laferrière, last week in Paris, for his Short treatise on racismpublished in Quebec in 2021 by Boréal and in France last year by Grasset (under the title A short treatise on racism in America). This prize rewards each year a work written in French by an author belonging to a member country of the Francophonie, on the theme of international relations, political affairs or history.

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Roxanne Bouchard awarded again in France

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Roxanne Bouchard

Quebecer Roxanne Bouchard won the Mystère de la critique prize this week in France for her thriller The Coral Bride, second investigation with his character Joaquin Moralès published here by Libre Expression in 2020 (and overseas by Éditions de l’Aube). This is her second award in France, since last year she received the Quai du Polar JDD Readers’ Prize at the famous Lyon festival for the first title in her series, We were the salt of the seaas well as a special mention.

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Éric Chacour’s novel continues its flight

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Eric Chacour

Selected this week among the finalists for the Prix des libraires du Québec, the highly acclaimed first novel by Éric Chacour, What I know about you (Alto), is also in the running for the Booksellers Prize in France, as well as the Aznavour Prize for Words of Love, which “celebrates love in contemporary literature”. Éric Chacour will also participate in a virtual workshop organized by the Félix Literary Camp, on February 22, on his writing process, and will be visiting the Outaouais Book Fair which will be held from February 22 to 25 at the Palais des Gatineau conference.

Visit the Outaouais Book Fair website

Visit the Félix Literary Camp website

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Catherine Leroux conquers English Canada

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Catherine Leroux

The Futurethe English translation of The future, Catherine Leroux’s fourth uchronic novel (published by Alto in 2020), found itself among the five finalists in the prestigious Canada Reads, the CBC’s annual book battle. And it will be defended by another Quebec author, Montrealer Heather O’Neill. The debates will take place from March 4 to 7.

Laila Maalouf, The Press

A new Armand Gamache next fall


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