Ministers St-Pierre and David congratulate the four Québec finalists for the 2014 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie

QUÉBEC CITY, July 7, 2014 – The Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, and the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Hélène David, congratulate the four Québec authors who are among the ten finalists for the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie.

“The presence of a strong Québec contingent in the running for this prestigious distinction awarded by the International Organization of La Francophonie demonstrates both the importance of Québec’s contribution to the diversity of the Francophone space and Québec’s literary excellence. I extend my warmest congratulations to each of the Québec authors who are finalists for this prize,” said Minister St-Pierre.

“It is with pride that I wish to congratulate the four Québec finalists being considered for this great honour. Your talent, creativity and daring have put Québec and its culture in the spotlight throughout La Francophonie,” added Minister David.

The works of Jonathan Gaudet (La dérive des jours, Éditions Hurtubise), Kim Thuy (Mãn, Éditions Libre expression), Larry Tremblay (L’Orangeraie, Éditions Alto) and Eza Paventin (Les Souliers de Mandela, Éditions Québec Amérique) were selected from the 103 novels submitted for this 13th edition of the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie.

The prize was created in 2001 to highlight literary talent that reflects the expression of cultural and editorial diversity in the French language on five continents and to promote these exceptional writers on the international literary scene.

The recipient will be chosen in September in Paris by an international jury headed by author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. The prize will be officially awarded in November in Dakar, Senegal, during the 15th Francophonie Summit.

The 2011 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie was awarded to Quebecer Jocelyne Saucier for her novel Il pleuvait des oiseaux (Éditions XYZ).

For the complete list of finalists and more information about the prize: www.francophonie.org (in French).

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Source :
Florent Tanlet
Press Attachée
Office of the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
418 649-2319

Information :
Philippe Hébert
Communications Counsellor
Direction des communications et affaires publiques
Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur
418 649-2400, ext. 56009

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