When Aurélien Dupuis arrived in Nelson in 1991 — retired, with children grown — the time had come: He would fulfil a lifelong dream to become a writer.
Drawing from influences from his French Canadian farmstead childhood in Noëlville, Ontario, a working life in the trades as a steamfitter, and a love of rural life and nature, Dupuis went on to write 18 books in French for children and adults.
Dupuis launches his newest novel, Armand et Ginette ou Le plaisir d’aimer, on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library.
The presentation, hosted in partnership with l’Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest (AFKO), will be in French.
“A launch for a new book by Aurelien Dupuis is long overdue,” said Nelson library adult service coordinator Anne DeGrace.
“He’s so well-known and well-liked in this community. It’s a pleasure to be able to launch Armand et Ginette, and to partner with AFKO, who has been such a help in developing our contemporary French language collection.”
Armand et Ginette takes place during Québec’s quiet revolution during the 1960s, a time of change in the Catholic Church’s influence on Francophone society.
As the modern world encroaches on tradition, Armand — bound for the priesthood from a tender age — is faced with numerous obstacles, while what Ginette wants most is to win Armand’s heart.
Will Ginette succeed in winning the heart of Armand?
“That is for you to discover,” says Dupuis.
Book lovers will get a hint or two at the launch, as well as enjoy book and informational displays by the Library and AFKO. Refreshments will be served, and books by Aurelien Dupuis will be available for purchase.