Jim Fergus

Festival America 2014, Vincennes (outside Paris) September 11-14

Posted on August 6, 2014

I will be attending this year’s Festival America in Vincennes, France. The festival  is held every two years and brings together nearly 70 writers from North America, as well as over 30 French writers to participate in various events and roundtable discussions on a wide variety of topics–as well as to meet the public and sign books. For those of you francophiles, here is a link to the Festival America 2014 website: http://www.festival-america.org/ 

19 Responses to Festival America 2014, Vincennes (outside Paris) September 11-14

Bev Koesters says: August 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

OMG, I just finished reading “one Thousand White Women” and loved everuthing about the book EXCEPT….your decision to make the minister out to be a CHILD MOLESTER was intolerable……………..I shall NEVER read another book of yours

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Jim Fergus says: August 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Hello Bev,
Thank you for your post. I’m very sorry that character offended you. However, such things do happen–in real life as well as in fiction–more often, as recent disclosures by the Catholic church reveal, than we might ever have suspected. I certainly didn’t intend for the novel to be anti-religion. Indeed, the purest, holiest character of all is the Benedictine monk, Brother Anthony.
I appreciate you taking the time to express your opinion.
Best,
Jim

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jennifer says: September 15, 2014 at 3:53 am

Bonjour,
Je suis venu vous voir à Vincennes et je voulais vous redire que vous êtes super! j’adore vos livres, plus particulièrement Mille Femmes blanches que je relis encore et encore! c’est mon livre préférée!!! je n’ai pas encore lue espace sauvages et Chrysis à découvrir! Merci à vous pour votre accueil et bonne continuation à vous!!
jennifer

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Jim Fergus says: September 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

Bonjour Jennifer,
Je vous remercie de vos aimables paroles au sujet de mon œuvre. Je suis heureux aussi de vous avoir rencontrer au Festival America. Bonne lecture !
Jim

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Isabelle says: September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

Bonjour M. Fergus,
J’ai découvert et suivi avec beaucoup d’intérêt le festival América, ainsi quelques’unes de vos œuvres, que je ne connaissais pas du tout.
Votre histoire (la genèse de votre roman « Chrysis » à laquelle vous avez fait allusion au «Café des libraires ») m’a beaucoup touchée.
C’est la magie des artistes en général et des écrivains en particulier je trouve, de transformer des événements douloureux en création artistique et de partager celle-ci avec leurs lecteurs.
Votre site Internet (que je trouve très agréable à parcourir) m’a donné l’envie de découvrir vos romans et vos récits qui mêlent votre propre histoire à celles de l’Amérique et de l’Europe et j’ai l’intention de me les procurer en bibliothèque ou dans une librairie indépendante.
Bonne continuation !
Isabelle (France)

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Jim Fergus says: September 20, 2014 at 7:26 am

Bonjour Isabelle,
Merci de m’avoir écrit ce beau mail. Ça me fait plaisir de savoir que vous avez découvert mes bouquins au Festival América. J’espère qu’ils vous plaisent.
Bonne lecture !
Jim

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Tracey L Campisi says: November 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

Just finished the book One Thousand White Women three hours ago this morning. I need with my book like this afternoon to discuss it. And in charge of the bookclub and and so excited to see that you live in northern Colorado. I have family in northern Colorado and visit there to three times every year. Your book was fabulous and I question over and over again whether it could possibly be true. You’re an exceptional writer to portray the life of a woman so well!
thank you for sharing your talent.
Would you be willing to autograph a book if our paths cross in Colorado?

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Tracey L Campisi says: November 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

Sorry for typos, dang speech to text.
I meet with my book club in 2 hours that I organize, to discuss your fabulous book!

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Janice Christensen says: November 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hey Jim!! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!! I am reading the “Sporting Road”, and love the way you write, and your adventures with your beloved Sweetz!

You suggested that book, after I read the Hunters Road, and It was awesome!

Looks like you have new books for me to read~YEAH!!

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brigitte dumont says: February 3, 2015 at 1:59 am

monsieur,
j’ai lu il y a plusieurs annees 1000 femmes blanches que j’ai tant preté que les pages se détachent.. je viens de finir marie blanche. ces sauts a chaque chapitre entre ces 2 générations de femmes leurs histoires, votre histoire m’ont tellement emues. une amie n’arrivait pas a ‘rentrer dedans, je pense que ca l’interpellait trop vis a vis de sa propre mere dont elle en parlait avec amertume. je lui a prete ‘1000 femmes blanches qu’elle a bcp aimé. merci de nous emmener dans ces histoires si emouvantes. trop tard pr aller vous voir a vincennes. je viens de decouvrir votre site
peut etre une autre fois…
bien a vous
brigitte

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Jim Fergus says: February 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

Chère Brigitte,
Pardonnez-moi d’être si lent à répondre à votre très gentil message. Je n’ai pas été très attentif à mon site récemment. Je suis très heureux d’apprendre que vous êtes ému par mes romans, et je vous remercie d’avoir pris le temps de m’écrire.
Très cordialement,
Jim

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Meme says: February 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

I had a hard time remembering One Thousand White Women was fiction. Very believable considering the lies told by government officials today.

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Jim Fergus says: February 20, 2015 at 10:58 am

lefty Cecilia, I’m afraid you are quite right regarding the lies of government, yesterday and today. Thanks for taking the time to post this message.
Best regards,
Jim

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David says: March 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Jim, I am the third generation in my family to hunt, and the first to hunt much away from my home state of Michigan. As age sets in on my father and his friends, on those in whose shadow I first hunted deer and pheasant and grouse, I have come to appreciate the sadness and the strength of reminiscence. They talk of ‘those days’; of when he shot a ‘double’; of the long trips and the days when pheasants still roamed southern MI. Most of all though, between their actual words, they talk of the wonder and friendship that they found – bird hunting, deer hunting, playing cards. In this regard, in an attempt to explain what he was trying to say, an old friend of my father gave me a worn copy of A Hunters Road a few months ago. He had read it three times; I have only read it once, but I am only 41 years old, and I look forward to reading it again. Well written, for what is said and unsaid. Thank you.

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Jim Fergus says: March 18, 2015 at 9:40 am

David, that’s a very moving and thoughtful post, thank you. “The sadness and the strength of reminiscence,” is a lovely way to put it. I am clearly far closer to your father’s age than to yours. Indeed, I made that trip for A Hunter’s Road when I was just your age, 25 years ago this coming hunting season. In the years since, much more has been lost than gained in terms of wildlife habitat and upland hunting opportunities. And now like your father and his friends, and like each generation as the world marches on, I feel an acute sense of loss, as well as a sense of gratitude for having been able to experience what I did, with good dogs and good friends. And all that is not over for me just yet, either. I appreciate you taking the time to write me, and your kind words about AHR.
All best regards to you and your family.
Jim

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