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16 Apr 2014

Québec-France literary prizes are awarded

Frédéric Laugrand accepted the Prix du livre politique on behalf of Carolyne Hervé. He is seen here with Éric Théroux, Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy, Francophone and Multilateral Affaires, Nicolas Chibaeff, Consul General of France, and Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly.

The Prix du livre politique, a political book prize awarded jointly by the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur du Québec and the Ministère des Affaires étrangères de France, and the Prix littéraire Québec-France Marie-Claire-Blais were presented at the Salon international du livre de Québec, which took place from April 9 to 13.

The Prix du livre politique is awarded every year by the National Assembly of Québec on its Political Book Day. The purpose of this prize is to encourage authors to write on subjects relating to Québec politics.

This year’s prize was given to Carolyne Hervé for her dissertation entitled On ne fait que s’entraider: Dynamiques des relations de pouvoir et construction de la figure du leader chez les Inuit du Nunavik (XXe siècle-2011) (we are merely helping each other out: dynamics of power relationships and leadership building among the Inuit of Nunavik (20th century-2011). Her dissertation was co-supervised by Université Laval and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris and highlights the prominent role of cooperation in contemporary Nunavik.

As part of the prize, Ms. Hervé will receive a monetary award that she can use to participate in the 2015 Journée du livre politique in France.

Ms. Hervé also won the Prix de la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant for best doctoral dissertation.

Literary prizes

This year, the Prix littéraire Québec-France Marie-Claire-Blais celebrated its tenth anniversary. François Garde won the 2014 prize for his first book entitled Ce qu’il advint du sauvage blanc, which was published by Gallimard in 2012. Author Marie-Claire Blais, this year’s guest of honour at the Salon international du livre de Québec, attended his award presentation.

François Garde’s book is set in the mid-19th century and tells the story of Narcisse Pelletier, a young French sailor who is abandoned on a beach in Australia. When an English ship discovers him by chance seventeen years later, he is naked and tattooed and has learned how to hunt and fish from the tribe that adopted him. He has also forgotten how to speak French and no longer knows his name.

These literary prizes are backed by the Commission permanente de la coopération franco-québécoise.
Prix du livre politique of the National Assembly of Québec:

Prix littéraire Québec-France Marie-Claire-Blais: (in French)Cooperation between Québec and France:

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