Un désir d’Amérique in Montreal

On March 3, Librairie Gallimard in Montreal hosted the official launch of Un désir d’Amérique : fragments nomades, the latest book of Jean-Daniel Lafond. Over 70 artists, intellectuals, but also community leaders, doctors and youth—both Francophone and Anglophone—crammed into the downtown bookstore. In a celebratory atmosphere, they mingled with each other and spoke directly with the author and his editor Erwan Leseul (Édito-Gallimard). The wine and appetizers helped all forget the vicious snow storm lashing out on Montreal that evening.

Visibly moved, Jean-Daniel Lafond warmly thanked those in attendance, and at the invitation of his editor, read one of the nomadic fragments that makes up Un désir d’Amérique: a painful and very moving visit in France to see his mother, whose memory was fading and who can no longer recognize him. “Good morning, Sir!” she says. And to he who insists that she pronounce his name, as an ultimate mark of love and belonging, she simply responds, “You are not named.”

Many were those who sought to congratulate Jean-Daniel in person and ask him to autograph a copy of his book Un désir d’Amérique, which is now on sale in all francophone libraries across the country.


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