Lecture and debate with Blaise Ndala, author of J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (2015 Ottawa Book Award, finalist for the Trillium Award and the Christine Dumitriu Van Saanen Award, nominated for the Le Droit Award). Following the discussion, at 7:30 p.m., Frank Poulsen’s 2010 documentary Blood in the Mobile will be shown (52 minutes).
Blaise Ndala was born in the D. R. Congo, witch he leaves in 2003 for Belgium. He emigrated to Canada in 2007 where he was first a teacher of French second language, and then a civil servant. In 2015, he is the Head of mission in Haïti for Avocats Sans Frontières Canada before returning to the federal public workforce.
His first novel, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (éditions L’Interligne, 2014), won the Ottawa Book Awards in 2015, after being a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Prix Émergence - AAOF, the Prix Christine Dumitriu Van Saanen and the Prix littéraire LeDroit. He is also the author of the short story « Silence, on crève ! », published in the collective book Dialogues de l’œil (éditions Neige-galerie, Gatineau, 2015).
Blaise Ndala also holds a blog in the Huffington Post France since it launched in January 2012. He lives in Ottawa.
*Lecture in French
Discover his last book: Sans capote ni kalachnikov: http://memoiredencrier.com/san