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Langlois to deliver reading, workshops Sept. 22, 27

Dominic Langlois will lead a writing workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in UPEI’s Dawson Lounge. He’s UPEI’s first francophone writer in residence.
Dominic Langlois will lead a writing workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in UPEI’s Dawson Lounge. He’s UPEI’s first francophone writer in residence. - Contributed

The UPEI Department of Modern Languages is welcoming its first French writer-in-residence Dominic Langlois, a poet and young-adult novelist.

Langlois will lead a writing workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in UPEI’s Dawson Lounge (SDMB 520) where he will examine how city streets, their noise, smells, landscape and sidewalks can open up the imagination and be a source of inspiration.

The workshop is free, but participants should register by emailing clavoie@upei.ca.

Langlois will also give a public reading on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge (SDMB 201), which will feature poetry from his three books and some unpublished poems. An open mic will also invite the audience to share their favorite poems, either written by themselves or by others. Admission is free.

Langlois will also team up with UPEI professor Carlo Lavoie as writing coach for any participant aged between 15 and 25 interested in submitting texts in French (poetry or short stories) to the 2019 Prix Volet Jeunesse Richelieu of the Antonine-Maillet-Acadie-Vie Book Award.

He will also meet with Sanda Badescu’s and Scott Lee’s students to discuss various topics related to poetry and the use of slang in French.

Raised in Québec City, Langlois has been living in the Maritimes for more than 20 years. His poetry includes “Mener du train” (2010), “La rue en eaux troubles” (2012) and “Les sentiments barbares” (2016).

Langlois is also well known in New Brunswick and in Ontario for his young-adult novel “Le Trésor de Memramcook” (2014), for which he was a finalist in the Ontario Library Association’s prize Tamarac and in the Children’s Choice Book Award Hackmatack. He has also published poems in Ancrages and contributed to the Franco-Ontarian journal Liaisons.

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