Petit-Trou de Nippes's Dany Laferriere Library

On January 26, 2014, the Dany Laferriere Library celebrated its official opening with an array of noted Haitian authors in attendance for the ceremony. They included, among many glitterati present, Yanick Lahens, Bonel Auguste, Christophe Phillipe Charles, Killy Charlot, and poet, Claude C. Pierre.


Dany Laferriere is a Haitian-Canadian novelist and journalist, who began life in Port-au-Prince, but was later reared in Petit Goave. He toiled as a journalist in Haiti prior to relocating to Canada, which he did in 1976. He continued his work as a journalist in Canada, as well as hosting several TV shows for TQS network.

Laferriere's first novel, Comment faire l'amour avec un negre sans se fatiguer, was published in the mid-80s, and later turned into a film script with co-writer Richard Sadler. It earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1990 Genie Awards. The film starred actor Isaach De Bankol, with direction by Jacques W. Benoit.

Laferriere's 11th novel, L'nigme du retour, is an autobiographical/prose/poetry account of his return to Port-au-Prince, when he learned his father had died in New York. Part of the novel uses a haiku format. Laferriere writes only in French, but translations of his works into English have been done by David Homel.

In December of 2013, Laferriere was selected to be a member of the Academie Francaise on the first ballot, distinguishing himself as the first Canadian and Haitian to achieve the prestigious honor.

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