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Witnessing, reimagining the French Caribbean

The Miami Book Fair 2020 presents "Witnessing, reimagining the French Caribbean" a panel discussion on the recent developments in French Caribbean poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; more specifcally, the panel explores how literature continues to intersect with other political and artistic movements within the broader Afro-Atlantic context, forging new visions for the future by reconfiguring narratives of the past.

Miguel Duplan (Martinique/French Guiana) and Françoise James Ousénie (French Guiana) will combine brief readings from their works and discuss the niche Caribbean writers occupy within the francophone world.

In French with English subtitles.

Françoise James Ousénie
Born in Cayenne, Guyana, the author is a sociolinguist by training, graduated from the universities of Nanterre and the Sorbonne. She is now Director of Cultural Affairs and Cooperation at the City of Cayenne. Pénurie de grains, her 4th novel, is the satire of a Creole society which seems more preoccupied with its past than preoccupied with its future.

Miguel Duplan
Born in Sainte-Marie, Martinique Miguel lives in French Guiana where he teaches. He is the author of L’Acier, Discours profane, Un long silence de Carnaval, Les chants incomplets, Chronique des monts jolis, and L’indépendance des âmes.