JANUARY 14, 2010

I have just learnt that Georges Anglade and his wife Mireille Neptune have been killed in the earth quake in Haiti. Georges was the founding President of PEN Haïti and a member of the Board of Quebec-PEN, a wonderful writer, a courageous man who had stood up to the enemies of free expression. He had an amazing spirit and enthusiasm which drove him to continue to stand up and speak out for literature and freedom. He was a force of nature. Perhaps that is why I find it difficult to accept that he is now gone. He was a good friend to many of you and I personally felt him as a dear friend, the kind of friend you could always count on.

I will miss him as I know you will.

John Ralston Saul

read John Ralston Saul’s tribute to Georges Anglade in the Globe and Mail

International PEN Mourns The Loss Of Georges Anglade