Blaise Ndala

Blaise Ndala was revealed to be the honorary president of Salon du livre de l’Outaouais 2022 on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The Salon du livre de l’Outaouais is an annual literary and cultural event taking place in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1979, its mission is to catalyze literary life in the Outaouais. Since its foundation, it has received between 30,000 and 40,000 visitors per year, and approximately 500 authors, as well as several hundred publishers from Quebec, Ontario, and French Canada.

The 43rd edition of the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais is set to take place in Gatineau from February 24 to 27, 2022. As part of the preparations the organisers revealed the honorary chair for 2022 to be Dr Congo-born Canada-based writer Blaise Ndala on Tuesday.

Blaise Ndala’s his first novel, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (2014), published by Éditions l’Interligne, won the 2015 Ottawa Book Award. His second novel, Sans capote ni kalachnikov, was published in January 2017 by Mémoire d’encrier and was proclaimed the grand winner at the 2019 Combat national des livres on ICI Radio-Canada Première. His recent novel Dans le ventre du Congo won both Prix Kourouma 2021 and the Prix Ivoire 2021.

Sharing the news of his selection Ndala tweeted, “I said yes. Happy to inform you that I will be the honorary president of the next Salon du livre de l’Outaouais @Salonlivreout . A huge thank you to the Salon.”