Intercultural Literary Encounters

Friday, January 22, 1999 - 18:00 - 21:00

In January of 1999 Alternatives organized a public round-table conference-style evening where four lively and critically acclaimed writers from around the world shared their thoughts and experiences on the issues of immigration, exile, cultural identity and dealing with multiple cultures.

These upbeat guest-speakers from diverse backgrounds were chosen to provide a fun and dynamic intercultural education for guests and give a better understanding of the very relevant issue of cultural diversity in Quebec and Canada at large.

The Speakers:

Abla Farhoud is a Lebanese playwright and a Radio-Canada host at the time. She was educated in Paris and in Montreal and was the recipient of multiple awards in the 1990s for her work.

Dany Laferrière is from a small village in Haiti but spent a long period of his adult life in Montreal and is currently residing in the United States.  Laferrière, a comedic novelist, has written not only about his youth in Haiti but also about the particular challenges he’s faced as a black man living in predominantly white nations.

Stanley Péan was born in the Haitian capital Port-aux-Prince but was raised in Québec. At the time of the conference Péan was pursuing a doctorate degree for which he was researching representations of voodoo in literature from Haiti, America and Quebec.

Lise Vaillancourt is a playwright and a novelist. She has been involved in all aspects of the theatre industry, from writing to directing, and even apprenticed to be a mime.