June 8, 2007 - #76
Guanahani Hotel & Spa Literary Prize
From May 30 to June 3, the Guanahani Hotel & Spa hosted the jury of the first literary prize named for the hotel. The idea was initiated by the director of the hotel, Marc Thézé, along with three women: Sophie Douzal-Sarkozy, the Paris public relations director for the hotel, Caroline Barclay, widow/producer for Eddy Barclay; and Catherine Siguret, a romance novelist whose most recent book, Je Vous Aime, published in 2006, included a fictional literary prize that took place… at Guanahani. A few months ago in Paris, Marc Thézé and his friends decided to make the event in Catherine’s novel into a reality, with the author involved in running this first edition of the event. Nine celebrities were invited to sit on the jury, with writer/TV personality for the literary show, Vol de Nuit on French TF1, as president. The jurists were Sophie Fontanel, a journalist from Elle, France Cavalié, an author who is in charge of the book section for Télé 7 Jours magazine, Ollivier Pourriol, writer, scenarist, and founder of Ciné-Philo at MK2, novelist Philippe Besson, Serge Hefez, psychoanalyst and marriage counselor, Albert Algoud, writer and journalist for I Télé and Métro, and novelist Catherine Siguret. After three days of deliberations, the jury selected the best romance novel from amongst five pre-selected titles: Courir dans les bois sans désemparer by Sylvie Aymard; Lettres à D. by André Gorz; Sa passion by Véronique Olmi; Sa petite chérie by Colombe Schneck; and Je m’attache très difficilement by Hervé Le Tellier. In spite of the fact that Patrick Poivre d’Arvor cancelled his trip at the last minute, the jury came to a decision and with a majority vote the winning novel was that by Hervé Le Tellier. The president of the jury, who remained in Paris, presented the prize to the winner: a one-week stay at the Guanahani Hotel & Spa, a perfect destination for romantic and inspirational interludes according to the nine authors on the jury.
Bruno Magras Throws Hat In The Ring
The island’s voters will be called to the polls on July 1 and 8 to cast their ballots for the first territorial council that will govern the new Overseas Collectivity of Saint Barth. On Saturday, June 2, mayor Bruno Magras announced his candidature in these upcoming elections. He is currently finishing his second term as mayor, and twelve years at the head of the municipal government. The composition of the slate he will head, as well as a second slate, will be revealed in the coming days. Acting prefect Dominique Lacroix officially fixed June 11-15 as the period during which candidates can file their lists for the election. The electoral campaign will begin on June 17, following the final round of national legislative elections in France.