Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, October 13, 2014
Danny Laferriere was born April 13th 1953 in Port-au-Prince. The author of 14 french novels is one of the most respected Haitian writers. Danny Laferriere's father was a mayor of Port-au-Prince before he was forced into exile by the Duvalier regime, leaving the young Danny with his maternal grand mother in the sea side town of Petit-Goave, Dany grew up in Haiti and became a journalist and radio broadcaster. Danny Laferriere migrated to Canada in 1978, after a colleague who was working on a story with him was murdered.
Danny Laferriere settled in Montreal, working low-paid factory jobs to meet ends need, while working on his first novel: "Comment faire l'amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer." How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired." The book became an instant best seller and was adopted into an award nominated film. Danny Laferriere was elected the second seat to the Academie Française on December 12, 2013 first Haitian, Canadian and Quebecois to be elected to the prestigious French Academy. Admittance to the French academy is the dream of French writters. Dany Laferriere has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Literature Award and the Prix Médicis in 2009 for his novel L'enigme du retour.