A hedonist if ever there was one, Dany Laferrière developed in L'art presque perdu de ne rien faire (The almost lost art of doing nothing) the need to take one's time. The Haitian and Quebecois writer has nevertheless written profusely, from How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (1985) to The Return (Prix Médicis 2009).
For her part, Nancy Huston blends the past and the present in Bad Girl as she addresses the fetus she once was in her mother's belly. Subtitled 'Literature class', this latest book looks back brilliantly at the things, and the people, that fed the author of Fault Lines (Prix Fémina 2006).
In an interview with Jérôme Colin (Moustique, La Première), both writers discuss the surprising possibilities offered up by literature and time, subjects at the heart of the festival: looking back, analyzing the present, but also reinventing oneself, imagining the future and leaving a trace.
Music by Nicolas Michaux punctuates the evening: the former singer of Eté 67 performs two specially created songs for the event, inspired by the authors' most recent work.
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