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Academician Dany Laferrière received the Grand Prix des Ambassadeurs francophones for
his Little Treatise on Racism, on Thursday February 1, 2024 in Paris.
Published in Quebec in June 2021, the work was republished by Editions Grasset, in France,
under the title Petit treatise on racism in America, in 2023. In this work, Dany Laferrière
looks at the question of racism not in politics or as a pamphleteer, but as a writer.
Heir to James Baldwin, he puts flesh and pain into this tragedy that is racism.
It addresses desire and suffering, music and poetry, anger and pride, but also talks about
Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Jean-Michel Basquiat's suit and Angela Davis' afro.
The Grand Prix des Ambassadeurs francophones rewards each year a work written in French,
by an author belonging to a member country of the Francophonie and with the theme of
international relations, political affairs or history. The Group of Francophone Ambassadors
of France, which has around fifty members in Paris, aims to promote the French language and
the values of the Francophonie.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dany Laferrière, who settled in Montreal in 1976, is the
author of numerous books, including The Enigma of Return (2009; Prix Médicis, Prix des
libraires du Québec, Grand Prix du livre de Montréal), Self-portrait of Paris with cat
(2018) and Small treatise on racism (2021). He has been part of the French Academy since 2013.