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Ecrivain.e.s d’Aujourd’hui: Writing in silence against silence


Headshot of Marie Célie Agnant

Emory University
201 Dowman Dr, Atlanta, GA 30322
Atlanta, US 30322

April 13, 2023 at 4:30pm (EN) and April 14, 2023 at2:30pm (FR)


Emory’s Ecrivain.e.s d’Aujourd’hui is excited to announce an upcoming talk in person by Haitian and Canadian writer, poet and novelist Marie-Célie Agnant on April 13th.

To prepare for her visit, the graduate students in French have organized two reading groups. The first one will be in English and take place on Thursday, March 30th and the second one in French will be held on Tuesday, April 4th. Both will be in person in Callaway C202. These workshops are open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines.

This event is sponsored by the Department of French and Italian and co-sponsored by FERA, the Latin and Caribbean Studies Program, l’Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises, the Center for Human Health, the Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, the Department of Comparative Literature, the African American Studies Program, the Department of English and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and with the generous support of the Délégation du Québec, of the Villa Albertine and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Agnant has lived in Québec since 1970. Agnant’s work is inspired by her personal experiences as a Black woman immigrating to Canada as well as the lives of those around her who have similar stories. Her novels have been broadly translated and include her most well-known novel, Le Livre d’Emma [The Book of Emma, 2001] which tells the story of enslaved women in the Caribbean facing their traumatizing past. An anthology of her poems, Femmes des terres brûlées (2016) which evokes the living conditions of women and their fight against injustice, won the Prix Alain-Grandbois from the Académie des lettres du Québec. Her short story “Sofialorène, si loin de la délivrance” (2013) won the Prose Creation Prize from the Société de développement des périodiques culturels in 2014.

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