Un plongeon dans l'encrier with Dany Laferrière

Simon Fraser University's Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs, in collaboration with the Alliance française de Vancouver and ICI Colombie-Britannique, invite you to a literary discussion with the writer, filmmaker and member of the Académie française Dany Laferrière.


  • When: Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Where: SFU Downtown, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6
  • The event will be held in French
  • Free and open to all. Space is limited. Reserve your spot now.

The discussion will be moderated by Julie Landry, journalist at Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique, and will be followed by a cocktail reception and an autograph session.

Dany Laferrière is visiting Greater Vancouver as he will be participating in Simon Fraser University's June 2023 Convocation. Mr. Laferrière will receive the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, on Wednesday, June 7 at 9:45 a.m. Full details are available here: Honorary Degree Recipients - June 2023


Dany Laferrière is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. In 1985, the publication of his first novel How to Make Love to a Negro (Without Getting Tired) catapulted him to instant celebrity. Since then, he has penned 36 books, including a critically acclaimed drawn work series. Laferrière refers to his work as a whole, as "An American Autobiography". This ranges from fiction drawing on his happy childhood in Haïti to field notes across America, and the world. In A Drifting Year or How to Conquer America in One Night (a comedy film), the narrator talks about the first difficult years in Montreal; he proclaims that he wants to become a writer and conquer the world. Today it is done. Fiercely independent, he was compared early on to James Baldwin and Charles Bukowski. With his book The Return (a meditation on exile, loss and "navigating through two worlds") he won the 2009 Prix Médicis in France. In his satirical take on national identity, I Am a Japanese Writer, he paid homage to the poet Basho. For Laferrière, “a writer’s country is his first library.” The World Is Moving Around Me is his intimate account of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, experienced first-hand. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the National Order of Quebec, Laferrière was also named Commander of the Legion of Honor, the highest order of merit in France. He joined the Académie française in 2013, seat number 2, previously occupied by Montesquieu and Dumas, meditating each Thursday on the official dictionary of the French language.


*Event held in French


Between 1985 and 2023, Dany Laferrière published 36 books*.


  • 1985 Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer
  • 1987 Éroshima
  • 1991 L’odeur du café
  • 1992 Le goût des jeunes filles
  • 1993 Cette grenade dans la main du jeune nègre est-elle une arme ou un fruit ?
  • 1994 Chronique de la dérive douce
  • 1996 Pays sans chapeau
  • 1997 La chair du maître
            Le charme des après-midi sans fin
  • 2000 Le cri des oiseaux fous
  • 2001 Je suis fatigué
  • 2004 Comment conquérir l’Amérique en une nuit
  • 2005 Les années 80 dans ma vieille Ford
  • 2006 Vers le sud
  • 2008 Je suis un écrivain japonais
  • 2009 L’énigme du retou
            Un art de vivre par temps de catastrophe
  • 2010 Tout bouge autour de moi
  • 2011 L’art presque perdu de ne rien faire
  • 2013 Journal d’un écrivain en pyjama
  • 2015 Tout ce qu’on ne te dira pas, Mongo,
            Dany Laferrière à l’Académie française. Discours de réception
  • 2016 Mythologies américaines
  • 2021 Petit traité sur le racisme
  • 2022 L’enfant qui regarde


  • Vers le sud (2006)
  • Pays sans chapeau (2006)
  • Je suis un écrivain japonais (2009)
  • Charme des après-midi sans fin (2010)
  • Cri des oiseaux fous (Le) (2010)
  • Comment conquérir l'Amérique en une nuit (2010)
  • J'écris comme je vis (2010)
  • Énigme du retour (L') (2010)
  • Chronique de la dérive douce (2012)
  • Art presque perdu de ne rien faire (L') (2013)
  • Dany Laferrière à l'Académie française (2013)
  • Autoportrait de Paris avec chat (2018)
  • Vers d'autres rives (2019)
  • Exil vaut le voyage (L') (2020)
  • Petit traité sur le racisme (2021)
  • Sur la route avec Bashô (2022)

Graphic novels

  • 2018 Autoportrait de Paris avec Chat
  • 2019 Vers d'autres rives
  • 2020 L'exil vaut le voyage
  • 2021 Sur la route avec Bashō
  • 2022 Dans la splendeur de la nuit


  • 2000 J’écris comme je vis - entretien avec Bernard Magnier
  • 2010 Conversations - Interviews de Ghila Sroka

Children's books (love, death, politics)

  • 2006 Je suis fou de Vava - illustration de Frédéric Normandin
  • 2009 La Fête des morts - illustration de Frédéric Normandin
  • 2014 Le baiser mauve de Vava - illustration de Frédéric Normandin
  • 2014 L’odeur du café - illustration de Francesc Rovira

We would also like to thank the «Salon du livre de Vancouver »for its support of the event.

Don't miss this francophone event which will take place from May 26 to 28. All the details here:


Laurence Gagnon
Coordinator - Events and Communications
Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA)