Festival America

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.

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6 Replies to “Festival America”

  1. Looks like it takes place every two years. It coincides with the literary “rentrée” that brings out authors in the spot light of the media. Too bad we did not know in advance.
    The publicity must be geared towards Parisians.
    Next one, should be in 2014 ??

  2. Wow…happening now! I SO WISH that I could have been a part of this moment in which Intelligencia met and shared ideas!

    1. Tell me about it! I’m so bumbed out that I have this problem with my leg! It might be one of the last times to see Toni Morrison. I’ll definitely be there next year to film, photograph, and interview.

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