"The Festival of Lights
is an annual event taking place in Lyon between 8th and 11th December 2010
. The people of Lyon place candles or little candle lamps in their windows in honour of the Virgin Mary. The origins of the festival
date back over 150 years, to 1852 when a statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourviere Hill was to be inaugurated."
the Algerian novelist
and filmmaker was elected to fill the only vacancy at the Académie Française
, the august French institution that watches over the French language. Ms. Djebar, 68, is the first North African to join the 40-member academy.
Most interesting in light of recent discussions here on Dutch/Muslim relations. Comments from those who've read her books or know her from her work at LSU
or elsewhere would no doubt be appreciated