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Quebec author Georges Anglade dies in Haiti earthquake

Two of the latest victims of the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince are Quebec author Georges Anglade and his wife, Mireille. The two were there on a family holiday, and Anglade was meant to take part in the international literary festival Étonnants Voyageurs, which has now been cancelled.

Georges Anglade, former professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal, was 65. From CTV:

Georges and Mireille Anglade were trapped in the rubble of a home on Tuesday and did not survive. They became the second and third Canadians killed by the Caribbean catastrophe.¦

A former political prisoner under the Duvalier regime, [Georges] was active in pushing for democracy in the poverty stricken country and wrote several books.

The literary festival announced on its (French-language) website that although its organizers were in Port-au-Prince at the time of the disaster, they are now safely out of harm’s way. Among those mentioned was Haitian-born Canadian author Dany Laferrière (Q&Q‘s September cover author), who co-chairs the festival. Laferrière, who won France’s Médicis literary prize last year, returns to Canada tonight.