Headlines (Campus Updates)
Laurier professor guest of honour at international book fair
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
Laurier languages and literatures professor Abderrahman Beggar was a guest of honour at the recent Salon International de l'Edition et du Livre, an international book and publishing fair held in Casablanca, Morocco.
Beggar presented the Arabic translation of his francophone book L’Amérique latine sous une perspective maghrébine, which translates to “Latin America from a North African perspective.” The book is a collection of essays that covers topics from human rights and social justice issues to globalization and the influence of Moorish culture on Latin America.
“I was very happy to see the interest the Moroccan public had for this book,” said Beggar. “The translation – by a Moroccan author – gave it a second life; I feel like I am connecting, most humbly, cultures and people.”
Born in Morocco, Beggar moved to Canada in 2000 after earning his PhD from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. The best part of returning to Morocco for the book fair, he said, was being able to read his translated book to his mother.
“I write in French, a language that she does not understand,” he said. “To be able to read in Arabic to her and have her understand felt very good.”
Beggar’s creative writing also made an appearance at the fair. A chapter from his 2005 novel, Le chant de Goubi, was included in an anthology of works by internationally renowned Moroccan francophone authors.
During the book fair, Beggar participated in a workshop on transatlantic writers, sharing his creative experiences as a Moroccan writer living in Canada.