Livres en Folie
Here is a presentation of the 22th edition of Livres en Folie in Haiti.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the official launching ceremony of the 22nd edition of "Livres En Folie" or "Books on Fire" took place at the Historical Park of the Sugarcane, in Tabarre. It is the largest annual book fair in Haiti. This edition of book fair has been dedicated to the honor of Marie Vieux Chauvet (September 16, 1916 to June 19, 1973). She was a Haitian novelist, poet and playwright. Her works focus on every aspect of Haitian life-- class, society, women, family, economy, politics and many others. Provisional President Jocelerme Privert accompanied by his wife Ginette Michaud Privert visited the fair on Thursday, May 26th. He praised the efforts of the organizers for organizing this event continuously, for last 22 years. He mentioned this fair as an excellent meeting place for the authors, publishers, readers and intellectuals and congratulated all the participants to make this event a success.
Here is a picture of Former Haitian president Leslie François Saint Roc Manigat who was honored during Lives en Folie annual book Fair in May, 2013, for his accomplishments.
Born August 16, 1930 in Port-au-Prince, Leslie François Manigat became president of Haiti during a controlled military time in January 1988.
Leslie Manigat was a professor at the prestigious l'Université de Paris-VIII Vincennes. He published articles on education in various Haitian Newspapers: Le Nouvelliste, La Phalange, Le Matin.
Leslie Manigat married to Mirlande Manigat who is also in this picture. Mirlande run an unsuccessful campain for the Presidency post in 2010.
Leslie Manigat won several prestigious awards, including Haiti Grand Prize of literature 2004,
This Thursday, At Parc Canne a Sucre, The event of the year was taking place. Livres en Folie, a cultural event that brings together more than 170 writers in one place. In a country with more than 70percent of the population is unable to read, many would not thing an event such as Book Fair would bring all these people there
Here is a picture of the Haitian International artist Luck Mervill at Livres en Folie that was taking place at Parc Canne A Sucre in 2013.
Livres en Folies has reached a level never seen before in Haiti. Every year, there are new writers requesting to particilate. It is a place for writers to expose their new books.
It is being held this year at Heritage Park Cane a Sucre. This is their 16th edition of Books Madness
The Fair is a joint venture between Unibank and Nouvelliste. In 2013, it was noted more than 1,075 titles were on sale. I tis a bargain as prices are reduced to sometimes more than 40%
This annual event Livres en Folie is held between May and June. One very good objective of the event is bringing culture and literature to the mass. Lives en Folie also stimulates Haitian writers, encouraging them to create more. Local writers as well as those living in the diaspora come together to participate in this annual event.
The annual cultural event Livres en Folie was created in 1995. It is a popular book fair put into place by UNIBANK and Le Nouvelliste. Since its inception, Livres en Folie has been taking place annually during the Corpus Christi day in May or June, at different locations in Port-au-Prince