The Odyssey of a French-speaking American poet
It all begins in Quebec, on the shores of the immense Lac Saint-Jean. Charles Sagalane has a revelation: to build and place small wooden cabins in the heart of the wilderness as survival libraries for the Robinsons of this world. By canoe, snowshoes and at the wheel of his trusty Subaru, the writer-traveler surveys Canada and the United States, equipped with wood, tools and books.
Inspired by the travel journals of the Japanese poet Bashô, and open to the territory’s Aboriginal and European influences, Journal d’un bibliothécaire de survie recounts the many years of a relentless journey. Sprinkled with anecdotes and portraits of writers, Sagalane’s sharp prose pays tribute to the vitality of North American francophone literature.