One Book – One Vil­lage

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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.

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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.

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