Éric Dupont is awarded the Prix des Libraires and the Prix littéraire des collégiens for "The American Fiancée", of which many parts were inpired by his residence at Bavaria's Villa Waldberta in 2010


Éric Dupont - photo Sarah Scott - courtoisie Marchand de feuilles

Quebec author Éric Dupont received the 2013 Prix des Libraires, awarded by the province's booksellers to the author "whose work has left the strongest mark on their imagination during the year, through both its originality and literary quality". Mr. Dupont's novel, La Fiancée américaine, published at Marchand de feuilles editions, was considered "masterful" by the selection committee. A $2000 stipend will be granted to Éric Dupont by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. The Prix des Libraires du Québec is celebrating its 20th jubilee this year.

The novel's plot mixes History with a family's story spanning over 4 generations between Quebec, the United States and Germany. Large parts of it were written during the author's artistic residence at Villa Waldberta, Bavaria, in 2010. According to his publisher, the Villa itself inspired several chapters of the novel.

Earlier in the year, Mr. Dupont also received the Prix littéraire des Collégiens (Students' Literature Award) by a jury composed of 56 college level students from Quebec as well as from a Highschool in Amboise, France - for the same book. This prize (French only) earns him a $5000 stipend.

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