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Académie Française welcomes first Canadian member

Haitian-born Canadian writer Dany Laferriere poses with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, after his induction ceremony at the Academie Francaise, French Academy, in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015.
Haitian-born Canadian writer Dany Laferriere poses with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, after his induction ceremony at the Academie Francaise in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015. AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

MONTREAL – The Académie Française has welcomed its newest “immortal” member – and he’s a Quebecer.

Haitian-Canadian Dany Laferrière was inducted Thursday into the exclusive institution, whose mandate is to protect the integrity of the French language.

He received a ceremonial sword two days earlier – a symbol given to all new members.

Haitian-born Canadian writer Dany Laferriere acknowledges applause after delivering his speech during his induction ceremony at the Academie Francaise in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015.
Haitian-born Canadian writer Dany Laferriere acknowledges applause after delivering his speech during his induction ceremony at the Academie Francaise in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015. AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere
Haitian-born Canadian writer Dany Laferriere, right, poses with Academicians Helene Carrere d'Encausse, center, and Amin Maalouf, left, after his induction ceremony at the Academie Francaise in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015.
Haitian-born Canadian writer Dany Laferriere, right, poses with Academicians Helene Carrere d'Encausse, center, and Amin Maalouf, left, after his induction ceremony at the Academie Francaise in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015. AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

Laferrière was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and was raised in Petit Goâve.

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He moved to Canada in 1976 and worked as a journalist and television host for V Télé, then known as TQS.

He published his first novel, “How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired” in 1985.

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Since then, he’s written close to 20 novels.

Laferrière writes exclusively in French.

The Académie is made up of forty members, known informally as les immortels (the immortals).

As the name suggests, they remain members of the institution for life.

New inductees can only be elected by current members of the Académie.

Laferrière was first elected to take Seat number 2 at the Académie Française in 2013.

Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferriere in Paris, on May 28, 2015.
Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferriere in Paris, on May 28, 2015. Stephane Lemouton/ABACAPRESS.COM
Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferriere in Paris, on May 28, 2015.
Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferriere in Paris, on May 28, 2015. Stephane Lemouton/ABACAPRESS.COM
Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferriere in Paris, on May 28, 2015.
Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferriere in Paris, on May 28, 2015. Stephane Lemouton/ABACAPRESS.COM