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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.

BAnQ's Chair and CEO Elected to the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership's Board of Directors

BAnQ's Chair and Chief Executive Officer is now an elected director of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership's Board of Directors.

Ms. Barbe is among a group of nine directors elected during the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership's Annual General Meeting held April 22 at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

BAnQ is a member of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and the Grande Bibliothèque is one of the most vibrant public venues of the metropolis and the Quartier des Spectacles. Its contribution to literary culture in particular is unique in the neighbourhood's landscape and adds directly to its vitality. BAnQ is often called upon to collaborate on collective large-scale projects from the Quartier des Spectacles (visual installations on the Grande Bibliothèque, the exhibition Gaby, maître du portrait, and many more.)

Read the press release from the Quartier des spectacles

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