After winning the France-Quebec Literary Prize in the fall, Michel Jean has just won another distinction for his novel “Kukum”, by receiving the new VLEEL prize.
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The VLEEL prize (Varions Les Éditions En Live) was inaugurated this year, by the literary blog Serial Reader Nyctalope, to reflect an “invisible” literature and unique works.
The award is in fact awarded by the “bookstagram” community (readers who exchange on Instagram) to a writer from an independent publishing house, published in Europe.
A total of ten authors and ten publishers were in the running for this first edition. Michel Jean was declared winner in the “Authors” category, with “Kukum”, just ahead of “Le Chien noir”, by Lucie Baratte, and “Le Sanctuaire”, by Laurine Roux.
“It’s a prize that makes me so happy. Almanda is watching “, rejoiced Michel Jean on Twitter in reaction to the honor, thus addressing a nod to his great-grandmother, of whom he tells the story of a little orphan who fell in love with a young person. Innu from Pekuakami, in “Kukum”.
Almanda grapples with barriers placed on Indigenous women, and she and her family face the loss of their land, being locked up on reservations and violence in residential schools.
The novel “Kukum” was released in September 2019 by Éditions Libre Expression, and has already sold more than 60,000 copies to date, in Quebec alone.