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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
27-10-2006 3:00 pm Mémoire Senghor, a collective work dedicated to the poet and former President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor, will be presented to the public at the Salon Livres d’Afrique (African book fair) 1001 littératures d’Afrique at UNESCO on Saturday 28 October from 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
The book, conceived and coordinated by the Mauritian poet Edouard J. Maunick, contains 50 texts written in honour of the poet-president’s centenary. “It consists of 50 contributions from 20 countries […]. It is enough to read the roster, to realize to what degree the interest inspired by Senghor’s career and work, in different forms and everywhere, is lively and enduring,” writes UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his preface to the book, which has just been released by UNESCO Publishing in its Collection Profils (196 pages, €32).

UNESCO previously published Présences Senghor in 1997, to mark the 90th birthday of the Senegalese poet. It also produced the film Un chant nègre, Léopold Sédar Senghor, which had a preview showing at UNESCO on Friday 20 October. Additionally, in partnership with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, UNESCO will present the exhibition L'Universel - Dialogues avec Senghor, from 17 November to 8 December.

The second Salon Livres d’Afrique, 1001 littératures d’Afrique, on 28 October at UNESCO, highlights the wealth and diversity of literary creation on the continent. Congolese writer Henri Lopes, former Deputy Director-General of UNESCO’s Africa Department, is the book fair’s honorary president.



For information about Mémoire Senghor : Solange Belin (UNESCO Publishing)
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 46 87, s.belin@unesco.org
See also www.unesco.org/publishing

More on the Salon Livres d’Afrique, 1001 littératures d’Afrique:
Cédric Sinarinzi +33 (0)6 33 41 79 87 and Senami Houndete +33 (0)6 61 07 09 45; livresdafrique@yahoo.com
See also www.livredafrique com

Source Press release N° 2006-60


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