Jean D'Amérique

Jean D’Amerique’s Soleil à coudre was declared the winner of Prix Montluc Résistance et Liberté 2022 on Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Prix Montluc Résistance et Liberté (The Montluc Resistance and Freedom prize) rewards a writer who questions the contemporary practices of resistance to oppression in all its forms or whose work constitutes in itself an act of resistance. The prize honouring fiction authors, French and foreign, for whom literature is a formidable weapon of peace and freedom was started in 2018.

The jury, chaired by Jacques-André Bertrand, was made up of personalities, writers, journalists and artists. They included Sarah Moon, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Béatrice Soulé, Emmanuel Hoog, Emmanuelle Collas, Isabelle Hausser, Christian Schiaretti, Sophie Brocas, Jean-François Carenco, Francoise Cloarec, Jean-Laurent-Lastelle.

The finalists for this fifth edition were revealed on February 5 and those in the running were.

  • Les Aquatiques, Osvalde Lewat, éd. les Escales ;
  • Soleil à coudre, Jean D’Amérique, éd. Actes Sud ;
  • Les aventures, China Iron de Gabriela Cabezon Camara, éd. de l’Ogre ;
  • Le rire des déesses, Ananda Devi, éd. Grasset ;
  • Mahmoud ou la montée des eaux, Antoine Wauters, éd. Verdier.

On being in the running for the prize, Jean D’Amerique gave the following address;

The winner was announced to be Soleil à coudre, Jean D’Amérique who tweeted, “One year after its release, my novel “Soleil à couture” celebrates its anniversary by receiving the very beautiful Montluc Resistance and Freedom Prize! Writing this book was a way of standing up, in the face of darkness. No need to tell you how strong the meaning of this price is for me ✊🏾”

The Haiti-born writer, who splits his time between Paris and Port-au-Prince, receives the endowment of €3,500 given to the winner. It’s been a very good time for the writer who in the recent past has been awarded the Prix Apollinaire Découverte Poésie, Prix Dubreuil du Premier Roman, Prix Fintro Prijs, and the Prix Fetkann! De La Poesie for his work.