City of Pointe-Claire

City of Pointe-Claire

September 24, 2007 13:15 ET

Antonine Maillet at the Pointe-Claire Public Library

POINTE-CLAIRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - Madame Antonine Maillet, renowned writer and the only Canadian to win France's top literary award, the "Prix Goncourt", will speak at the Pointe-Claire Public Library on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Room, at 100 Douglas Shand (corner of Saint John's Boulevard) in Pointe-Claire. The conference is free and will be held in French, with a bilingual question and answer period. Everyone is welcome.

Madame Maillet has written fifty literary works throughout her career including the highly acclaimed novel Pelagie-la-Charrette, which earned her the prestigious Goncourt Prize in 1979. It recounts the fictional epic of the Acadian deportation of 1755 - 1763. Acclaimed monologues, such as those found in La Sagouine, which have been performed in over 2,000 stage productions, depict the lively narratives and colourful language inspired by her own Acadian heritage. Both of these literary gems have been translated into English as Pelagie - The Return to a Homeland and La Sagouine.

Possessing a Ph.D., she has also received numerous honorary doctorates, literary prizes and distinctions, including Companion of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, Officer of the Legion of Honour (France), and the Governor General's Literary Award.

Known as a gifted speaker, she is able to capture an audience by remaining true to herself, an intellectual who is both scholarly and passionate, an authentic voice for Acadians of yesterday and of today.

Contact Information

  • City of Pointe-Claire
    Ginette Brisebois
    Accueil et Information
    Chef de division
    514-630-1200, poste 1633
    City of Pointe-Claire
    Mary-Jane O'Neil
    Programmation adulte
    Chef de section
    514-630-1200, poste 1632