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The Hervé-Foulon Prize, a book to read again or how to unearth the pearls of the past

The Hervé-Foulon Prize, a book to read again or how to unearth the pearls of the past

Price Hervé-Foulon, a book to read again in 2022 is committed Jeanne-Mance Delisle for his book The red beast, published in 1996 by Pleine Lune. What a laudable goal to bring works that have fallen into oblivion back to the fore, but which are still as relevant as ever.

Jeanne-Mance Delisle is a novelist and playwright born in 1939 in Abitibi. She wrote several plays that were performed on stage several times. She won the Governor’s Award in 1987 for her play A live bird in the mouth, published by Pleine Luna. The author of monologues, short stories and novels, Jeanne-Mance Delisle is inspired by the depths of the soul, its dark sides in order to make her characters break taboos.

Jeanne-Mance Delisle said these words when she heard the good news:

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the members of the jury who awarded me the Hervé-Foulon prize. I am very honored. I have always been fascinated by the violence that lurks within us and the various forms it takes without our knowledge. In my books, and especially in The red beast, I tried to look her in the face in order to catch her better and try to show her and maybe exorcise her. I am glad that my quest can still seem relevant in today’s world. Twenty-six years after the publication of the novel, this award somehow gives new life to my two characters. »

The jury consisted of Lise Bissonnette, James Hyndman, Billy Robinson and Marie-Andrée Lamontagne as president.

In 2013, Hervé Foulon, president of the HMH group, decided to create this prize in collaboration with Correspondances d’Eastman, to rediscover a work that had been forgotten or did not have the light it deserved. his publication. The award is accompanied by a grant of $5,000 awarded to the author. In addition, the Society for the Development of Cultural Enterprises (SODEC) participates in the printing of the winning book in the amount of 50% of the costs.

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