Organized since 2014 by Haïti Futur, this literary event, which has become unmissable, takes place this weekend in Paris. It welcomes 25 authors and as guest of honor: the writer Lyonel Trouillot.
Who would have thought that this modest book sale, on the sidelines of the annual exhibition of the Haiti Futur ociation, in a room on rue de l’Avre in the Grenelle district, would have become this great event, which celebrates today today its tenth anniversary in the large art deco style room of the 15th century town halle district of Paris ?
Year after year, since 2014, and every first weekend of December, authors, whose number is constantly increasing, arrive from North America, Europe, Africa, the Antilles and of course Haiti. The organizers, who are expecting around two thousand people this year, are raising the bar ever higher by offering readers a wide choice. More than ten thousand works by authors, published in Europe, Canada and Haiti.At the moment when “the pearl of the Antilles » has been going through the darkest and most dramatic periods in its history for five years, literature represents a form of resistance.“Literature has never ceased to exist. Even in times of turmoil, literature is still there. It is perhaps the most stable thing in the country. It is a force that allows us to continue to exist and to believe that we can rebuild Haiti.”
wants to hope Josette Bruffaerts-Thomas, the president of Haiti Future.
A wide range of entertainmentThe different themes addressed during the four round tables and two meetings are all opportunities to question the singularities of this country and its links with the rest of the world – this year “Haiti and Europe“. They are also open fields to address worrying subjects such as chronic political instability and the natural hazards which constantly strike this half of the island. With a quarter of its population living abroad, in a situation “of forced exile
» for many, because of insecurity, Haiti faces enormous challenges for its future. The guest of honor,Lyonel Trouillotwhich has just published its 14 e novel The Watcher of Calvary,published by Actes Sud, is one of the writers, who from within the country does not hesitate with others, to raise their voice to denounce those responsible for “chaos ” current. He will be surrounded by the globe-trotting visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, with whom he wrote a work in homage to Jean Ferrat You could have lived a little longer , published by Bruno Doucey. The novelist Laurent Gaudé, author of Dancing shadows
MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP Other exciting meetings will punctuate these two days. Notably the one with Louis-Philippe Dalembert, for his latest bookA Roman story , at Sabine Wespieser. It will be led by Jean-Marie Théodat, lecturer at Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and author of Fatras Port-au-Prince,published by Paroles. For his part, Professor Yves Chemla, holder of a doctorate on “The question of the other in the contemporary Haitian novel, will examine the exchanges between Haitian and European intellectuals since independence. Finally, the anthropologist Brice Ahounou will moderate a debate on “pictorial and photographic art in Haiti
», with the art historian Carlos A. Célius, the writer Frantz Voltaire, founder of the International Center for Haitian, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian Documentation and Information (CIDICAH) and the Swiss psychotherapist Thedor Itten.
Frequented since its beginnings by the most talented writers, the Haitian book fair has built, over the years, a reputation built on its quality and professionalism. Around a hundred volunteers have been working since the start of the year to offer such a range of activities. These range from a craft display, to a poetry recital, to a demonstration of stick practice – a traditional martial art form. One of the highlights of the event is the Saturday evening concert, with the singer TiCorn accompanied by the famous traditional percussionist Atissou Loko. As a prelude to the book fair, a Haitian week was organized by several ociations, including a conference on Monday at the Condorcet campus on the theme “ Science and development
» carried by the Reflection and Action Group for a New Haiti (Grahn). Whatever the weather outside, the crowd of Haitian literature and culture enthusiasts will undoubtedly be there for this wonderful book festival. *Haitian Book Fair, Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3, 15th arrondist town hall, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.