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Pride and Emotion at Dany Laferrière’s Induction into the Académie française

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) warmly congratulates novelist Dany Laferrière on his induction into the Académie française on May 28, 2015.

Dany Laferrière is the first Québecer, the first Canadian and the first Haitian to be received into the inner sanctum of French letters. He has taken Chair No. 2, previously occupied by Montesquieu and Alexandre Dumas the Younger (also of Haitian descent), and left vacant by Hector Bianciotti.

"Dany Laferrière's entrance into the Académie française is a source of pride for all Quebecers, and we are delighted that such an honour should be bestowed on this outstanding writer and great friend of our institution,'' said BAnQ Chair and Chief Executive Officer Christiane Barbe.

Mr. Laferrière was elected to the academy in the first round of voting on December 12, 2013. His election became official on February 14, 2014 after he met with, and received official approval from, Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic.

The 40-member academy was founded by Cardinal Richelieu 380 years ago with the mission of protecting the French language.

(The following links lead to French-language content.)

Read the press release issued by the Office of the Premier of Québec following the induction of Dany Laferrière.

Take a look at the acceptance speech given by Dany Laferrière to the members of the Academy, and the one given immediately afterwards by Amin Maalouf. 

Listen to the podcast of the interview given by Dany Laferrière in 2007, as part of the Grande Bibliothèque's Midis littéraires. 

Read the text of the speech given by Dany Laferrière in 2008, at the opening of the 74th World Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

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Download books by Québec writers at Montréal-Trudeau Airport thanks to BAnQ, ADM and the ALQ 

Québec travellers who are subscribers of BAnQ's remote services are in for a digital takeoff thanks to a partnership between BAnQ, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) and the Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ, the Québec booksellers' association). Passengers passing through Montréal-Trudeau Airport can choose from a selection of more than thirty e-books in both English and French, all written by Québec authors. 

"Lire vous transporte is a showcase that will help widen the reputation of talented Québec writers as well as developing travellers' taste for e-books. BAnQ is delighted to be a part of this initiative, and I take this opportunity to remind all Québecers that, with a simple online subscription, they can enjoy our collection of e-books, among other offerings," pointed out Christiane Barbe, BAnQ's Chair and Chief Executive Officer.  

Just click on an URL to download on your smartphone, tablet or e-reader the first chapter of a book featured in one of five categories: fiction, children's fiction, thriller, non-fiction/biography and practical guide. Complete instructions for downloading are posted in the airport’s rest areas, located mainly along the international jetty. If you enjoyed the preview chapter, you can read the rest of the story by borrowing the complete e-book from BAnQ's web portal or by purchasing it from the website (in print or digital edition). Users are invited to share their best reads on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #lirevt.

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