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February 28, 2007
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French Literary Reading Tour ~ Well-known Francophone Authors Marie-Andrée Boucher Mativat and Daniel Mativat to visit PEI

Community and Cultural Affairs

Two well-known Quebec authors, Marie-Andrée Boucher Mativat and Daniel Mativat, will be touring Prince Edward Island presenting literary readings at French-language schools and libraries, March 5-8, 2007. The tour is sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Arts and organized by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for French library patrons and students to enjoy the readings and workshops of these two well-known Quebec authors,” said Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, Elmer MacFadyen. “Libraries play an important role in exposing patrons to literary works, through books, technology and live readings.”

The authors will be visiting the three French-language library branches and several French schools. Marie-Andrée Boucher Mativat will meet grades three to six and Daniel Mativat will spend some time with students in grades eight to 10.

“It is important to be able to bring these events to our children,” said French Services Librarian, Jean-François Savaria. “These authors can serve as role models and will help students learn more in their own language, which will then help build a stronger and healthier society.”

To learn when the authors will be visiting a school or library near you, check the events page of the library website at


Marie-Andrée Boucher Mativat worked as a teacher for several years before dedicating herself completely to writing. Since 1984, she has published close to 40 titles, either alone or with her husband or daughter, where history, humor and tenderness are painted with harmony. In 1992, she received the Monique-Corriveau prize for her story “Drôle de moineau” published at Héritage in the Écho collection. She is a founding member of the Association of Quebec Youth Writers.

Daniel Mativat studied in Paris at Versailles École Normale and La Sorbonne. In Quebec, he pursued his education earning a Master's degree in Arts at UQAM and a PhD at Sherbrooke University. He was a high school French teacher from 1967 to 2004. In 1992, he helped establish the Association of Quebec Youth Writers. After writing many fantasy and humor short stories, he now specializes in writing novels.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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