LEWISTON – French-speaking poet/author Marc LeMyre will provide an eclectic evening of song and poetry Thursday, March 24, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The event, in celebration of “La Semaine de la Francophonie,” will also feature Prof. Francois Paré, a noted Francophone from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

A native of Quebec, LeMyre earned a baccalaureate in communications at the University of Quebec at Montreal. He resides in Toronto, where he is devoted to his writing while working as a freelance journalist for Radio-Canada. He is the author and director of the “Project Turandot,” nominated for the best Franco-Ontario production in 2001.

LeMyre’s CD “gaga pour ton zoom” has been described as an “adventure in creation,” exploring the oral dimensions of poetry at its origins.

Paré will discuss his books on Francophone linguistic minorities as well as Francophone communities in North America.

Winner of the 1993 Governor General’s Award and Signet d’Or for his first book, “Les Litteratures de L’exiguite,” Paré is chair of the department of French studies at the University of Waterloo.

La Francophonie, officially the Intergovernmental Organization of the Francophonie, is an intergovernmental organization of French-speaking nations that promotes the education and culture of French speakers as well as peace, democracy, human rights, and economic cooperation and development in the French-speaking world.

The Canadian Consul General to New England will host a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m., followed with entertainment.

Admission for the evening program is free. The Franco-American Heritage Center is located on Cedar Street in the former St. Mary’s Church.



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