Knowl­ton Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val

Sherbrooke Record - - BROMECOUNTY - By Philip Lan­thier

Is­abelle Laflèche’s lat­est work, “Bon­jour Girl,” a novel for young adult read­ers, tells the story of an am­bi­tious young woman who has moved to New York to be­come a fashion in­flu­encer, write a blog, and like Lady Gaga, change the world one se­quin at a time.

Ac­cord­ing to Sh­eryl Tay­lor of the Knowl­ton Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, Laflèche’s main char­ac­ter, 19-year-old Cle­men­tine, “loves vin­tage style and has a kind of quirk­i­ness that makes her stand out.” But in cre­at­ing a blog, she ex­poses her­self to cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, which threat­ens her dream and her rep­u­ta­tion. The novel is rel­e­vant to what young peo­ple, es­pe­cially girls, ex­pe­ri­ence nowa­days in the world of so­cial me­dia.

The au­thor will be talk­ing about her new book at the Knowl­ton Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val on Satur­day morn­ing, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Lac-brome Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 270 Vic­to­ria in Knowl­ton. Ad­mis­sion is free. “Her ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val will surely at­tract young read­ers in­ter­ested in meet­ing a writer will­ing to talk about the chal­lenges and re­wards of writ­ing for a teen au­di­ence,” said Philip Lan­thier, fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer.

Her two pre­vi­ous nov­els, “J’adore New York” and “J’adore Paris” re­veal Laflèche’s deep con­nec­tion with the world of fashion while at the same time ex­plor­ing the drama which of­ten lurks be­low the pretty pic­tures and mod­els on daz­zling run­ways.

Laflèche worked ten years as a cor­po­rate at­tor­ney in New York, Mon­treal, and Toronto. As she writes on her web­site, she gave up her high pres­sure le­gal ca­reer when she en­coun­tered a psy­chic on the streets of New York who told her she was go­ing down the wrong path. She left the le­gal whirl­wind and started writ­ing, but her books still in­volve a de­gree of le­gal research into the un­der­world of fraud, coun­ter­feit, and ex­ploita­tion.

Laflèche will also be ap­pear­ing at the Lo­cal Au­thors Evening, Thurs­day, Oct. 11 in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, start­ing at 7 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free.

COUR­TESY

Is­abelle Laflèche worked ten years as a cor­po­rate at­tor­ney in New York, Mon­treal, and Toronto un­til she left the le­gal whirl­wind and started writ­ing,

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