Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. – Abbey Bookshop, Paris
To mark the publication of the French translation of “The Book of Negroes” (“Aminata”, trans. Carole Noël) by Éditions Présence Africaine, the Librairie Canadienne de Paris – Abbey Bookshop presents a signing with Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
“The Book of Negroes” has won several literary prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. It tells the story of Aminata Diallo, an eleven-year-old girl who is torn away from her family in a village in present-day Mali by slave traders. Then begins a long march that will last over three months and at the end of which the girl finds herself, with other slaves, in a ship sailing for America. A slave on a plantation in South Carolina, she manages to escape and end ups in New York, then in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.
This novel untangles certain contradictions inherent in the question of “black identity” and in the encounter of the black man and the white man.
Abbey Book Shop – Librairie Canadienne: 29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris