A new immortal in Québec
Dany Laferrière has been invited to join the Académie française—an élite French institution founded in 1635. The famous Haitian-Canadian author was awarded the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal, the Prix des libraires du Québec, and the Prix Médicis in 2009 for L’énigme du retour. He is also an honorary member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. In his career and his writing, Laferrière strengthens the close links that exist between Montréal, Québec, Haiti and France.
The same chair once occupied by legends like Montesquieu and Alexandre Dumas suits well to our Laferrière which make his work known to an even larger audience and ranks him among “the Immortals” (as the academy’s members are called).