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Congress Event

I write as I live (Dany Laferrière)


Sunday, June 2, 2013, 7:45 - 8:55


MacLaurin Building - B125 - Phillip T. Young Theatre

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In this Big Thinking event, Dany Laferrière draws on the work of the Argentinean writer/scholar, Jorge Luis Borges, who has guided and inspired his work for decades. Like Borges, Laferrière defines himself as a reader who writes and shares the same passion for reading. Reading was so central to Borges' life that everything important that happened to him was reflected in books—his blindness did not stop him from managing the Buenos Aires library even though he sorrowfully noted the irony of his situation.

In addressing the links between reading, writing, fiction and life, Laferrière reflects on a period of his own history and writing sensibility. Join us as this noted author discusses his relationship with letters and the way in which his own books have opened new paths for him and now precede him wherever he goes.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dany Laferrière left his birth country in 1976 and settled in Quebec where his first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired), was published in 1985 to immediate success and acclaim. In 2006 he received the Governor General's Award for his illustrated children's book, Je suis fou de Vava. Among his most recent works, L'Énigme du retour met with resounding success, winning the Prix Médicis and the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal in 2009, as well as the Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix and the Prix des libraires in 2010.

Breakfast is served.

In French. Simultaneous interpretation available.

This Big Thinking lecture was recorded and can be viewed by clicking here.


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