It’s time to gear up for the second Frye Academy battle of the books of the 2010-2011 season. Participants will debate Les murs by Olivia Tapiero (VLB éditeur) and Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (Berkley Publishing – Penguin Group). The event will take place at 7 pm on February 16 and will be moderated by Renée Morel, a local filmmaker and avid reader. The battle grounds will be Timothy’s World Coffee located at 735 Main Street in Moncton—and admission is free!
Launched in 2009, the Frye Academy is a component of the Frye Festival’s School-Youth Program that brings together readers from several high schools in the Greater Moncton area. The 16-member student jury reads four shortlisted books by Canadian authors (two in English and two in French) and discusses them during the bilingual debates in order to vote on a winner.
The first public debate of the 2010-2011 season took place in December and the jury debated Tout bouge autour de moi by Dany Laferrière (Éditions Mémoire d’encrier) and Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey (Penguin Canada). Kit’s Law won the match and is now a contender in the final round. The overall winner will be chosen after the second debate and its author will then be invited by the Festival to come to Moncton to meet with the young readers and receive the coveted Frye Academy Award!
The public is encouraged to read the books—or the reading guides posted on the Frye Festival website—and take part in the discussion and the debates. The Frye Academy debates will be recorded and made available online.
Further information on the Frye Academy Award and the Frye Festival is available at www.frye.ca.