19th Edition of Livres en Folie at the Historic Park of Cane a Sucre

The 19th annual Book Madness happened on May 30th in Tabarre, Haiti. It was held at Sugar Cane Park and 129 Haitian writers were present to autograph copies of their work.


Josette Darguste, Minister of Culture, expressed her appreciation to Unibank and Le Nouvelliste, for their monetary support to make the event a success. In turn, Executive Editor, Frantz Duval of Le Nouvelliste, said he was grateful for the continuing support of President Martelly and the Ministry of Culture for its commitment in promoting Haitian writers. Next to offer his thanks, Unibank spokesman, Guy Supplice, said the Haitian government was to be praised for its fourth year of active involvement in the event. He added 14 rural towns in Haiti would be holding 2013's Book Madness.

At the event, attendees browsed among 1,436 books. All books were heavily discounted, and other incentives were offered to book lovers to encourage them to buy. Special-guest novelist, Lyonel Trouillot, read from his work-in-progress and answered questions from the audience. The Ministry of Culture will also host a cocktail party at which he will read selections of his poetry. At the party, the announcement of two scholarship winners from among dozen of essay entries will take place. Barbancourt Rum has generously provided the scholarship money.

Book Madness is the largest book event of its type held in Haiti every year. It has grown in popularity over the years and is considered one of the most important cultural events held each year.

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