The Festival America has taken place in Vincennes, France for ten years. It premiered the day after the tragic terrorist attack of September 11. It’s intention is to hear the views of authors from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and Haiti on the world’s current economic, social, and political strife, as well as in their own countries. This year’s honorary guest is Toni Morrison. The Festival is taking place from the September 20-23 in various venues in the area of Vincennes. You will be able to buy books, meet authors, attend debates, lectures, and films, and enjoy exhibitions. A plethora of authors have been invited for book signing throughout the festival – Russell Banks, Nick Flynn, Samuel Archibald, Ron Hansen, etc. So if any of you are near the Paris area go check it out! Below there’s a clip of African-American author Jake Lamar talking about the Festival America and his works.