The Humanities Project Events for November 2009
Léonora Miano has gradually established herself as of one of the most consistent francophone writers in the second half of this decade. She is the author of four novels (L’Intérieur de la nuit (2005), Contours du jour qui vient (2006), les Aubes écarlates, and Tels des astres éteints (2008)), and a collection of short stories. L’Intérieur de la nuit, which has already been translated into German, won the Goncourt des Lycéens, the Montalembert Prize for the first novel written by a woman and the Louis Guilloux Award. Miano has demonstrated an unsual mastery of black musical traditions that are central to her creative process. Her novels feature a musical library that draws heavily on Jazz and blues. Music allows Miano to explore the African- American experience. Her talk, "Writing the blues" will demonstrate the impact of African American musical traditions (Jazz and Gospel) on her creative process.