Orange Ribbon Campaign - Celebrating Refugees: Dany Laferrière
Part 6 of our Celebrating Refugees Series take us to Dany Laferrière, a Haitian-Canadian novelist and journalist who writes in French. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Petit-Goâve, Laferrière worked as a journalist in Haiti before moving to Canada in 1976. He also worked as a journalist in Canada, and hosted television programming for the TQS network. Laferrière published his first novel, Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired) in 1985. The novel was later adapted into a screenplay by Laferrière and Richard Sadler, earning a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay at the 11th Genie Awards in 1990. The film adaptation of the novel starred Isaach De Bankolé and was directed by Jacques W. Benoit.
In 2009, Laferrière won the prestigious Prix Médicis for his 11th novel, L'énigme du retour. Upon receiving the prize, he commented on its ability to open up a new readership in France, giving him visibility there. .On 3 June 2014, he was awarded the International Literature Award by the House of World Cultures for his novel The Return. In 2015, Laferrière was awarded the Order of Canada.