Author Michel Jean won the VLEE prize this week, which held its first edition, for his novel Kukum, published in France by Dépaysage. His independent publishing house was among the 10 finalists in the “publishers” category.
In his novel, Michel Jean recounts the forced sedentarization of Indigenous communities through the story of his Innu great-grandmother. The book, published in Quebec by Libre Expression, also won the France-Quebec prize. It exceeds 65,000 copies sold, a huge success!
Created this year in France, the VLEEL prize (acronym for Varions Les Éditions En Live) is intended to be a literature on the sidelines of institutional prices, too little representative of the popular readership according to the instigator of the prize, Anthony Lachegar.
“The VLEEL prize is there to highlight those who are in the shadows, he explained to the site. Weekly Books. I’m talking about those little publishers who feel invisible and never seen in the media. It is also there to highlight a rare literature where the publisher supports its author over the long term. “