One Book – One Village
Last week, the village of Eastman launched an interesting activity for all of its residents called Un livre, un village. One hundred editions of the chosen book, Gouverneurs de la rosée by Haitian author Jacques Roumain (1907 - 1944), will circulate freely throughout the town for six months. “This will allow all of our citizens to make conversation about the same book and for several months,” commented Eastman mayor, Gerard Marinovich.
The book Gouverneurs de la rosée was chosen to show solidarity with the Haitian people who have suffered extreme hardships throughout their short history and whose culture and literature are largely unknown around the world. The book, which is a monument to world literature, has been translated into over twenty languages.
Volunteers from the library will help promote the activity, the elementary school students will take part in a drawing contest related to the book, and adults will take part in a writing contest. This unique activity is well-suited for Eastman, known as the “Village des lettres” because of its renowned literary festival “Les Correspondences d’Eastman” which has been going on since 2003.
Seen here at the launch of Un livre, un village are (l. to r.) Eastman mayor
Gerard Marinovich, author Violaine Fortin, author and editor Rodney
Saint-Éloi, and municipal councillor in charge of Culture, Danielle Simard.