Monday, April 21, 2008

The Confessional | Audrey Benoît


Audrey Benoît, Montréal | Brains meets Beauty. The former model still looks as if she should be rocking the world’s most glamorous runways. Known today more for her writing than for her impossibly high cheekbones, Audrey’s books have been received with critical accolades. Smart and passionate, the author takes a moment from contributing to the literary landscape to enter The Confessional.

You’ve been interviewed by the most celebrated hosts and reporters. Surely, this Questionnaire doesn’t make you nervous. Does it? Euh… ?

You are an illustrious author and a stunning model. Which is your mightier sword? A pen or a picture worth a thousand words? A pen, of course. A sole well-chosen word is more efficient than a thousand.

Name a brand you would gladly return in front off the camera for?
Alvaro, the hairdresser.
A grand Couturier.
An electric car company or for an equitable and bio food chain.

You have many causes close to your heart. Name two you wish today’s generation would be more passionate about. Social justice and psychological distress. Thankfully, today’s youth is already concerned with the Environment.

Which three books, by Quebec authors, do you think should be mandatory in the curriculum of schools all over the world?
Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna,
La Brûlerie by Emile Ollivier
A Collection of Poetry by Gérald Godin
A book on improv of the LNi (Ligue Nationale d’improvisation) written by Robert Gravel & Jean-Marc Lavergne.

If you could be given a portfolio in the Québec government, which would it be and what would be your first action, Minister Benoît? Culture. I would finally attribute the 1% and I would clean up the methods used to distribute grants which are now unevenly awarded. I would also go to lunch with the Minister of Education to see how our two portfolios can work in sync. My most urgent dossier would be copyrights for writers in today’s context. As a matter of fact, you should read my column on the subject in Montréal Centre-Ville magazine.

If there were words of wisdom you could pass along to a 21-year old version of yourself, what would they be? Follow your instinct and breathe by the nose.

Name three books that have changed you.
The Little Prince, by Saint-Exupery. (Le Petit Prince)
Man’s Fate by André Malraux (La Condition Humaine)
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (Le Deuxieme sexe)

What entity or person is most in need of a new PR campaign? The PQ (Parti Québécois)

What turns you off? Pettiness, in all forms.

What has to stop? Disregard for human rights. Indifference. Hypocrisy.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I have a dream…

You are in front of 90 000 screaming & adoring fans at Wembley Stadium. What song are you belting out? “Blowing in the wind” or “Quand les hommes vivront d’amour”.

On a deserted island, what do you bring besides your I-Phone & your Amex? Water, wine, sunscreen, sunglasses and a philosophy book.

When will I see you next? At the release of my next book.


Blogger’s Notes:

Audrey’s picture is by Victor Diaz Lamich.
Audrey Benoît’s
novels include “Le Lendemain du quatrième soir”, “Sylvie” and “Nous étions sept”.

1 comment:

Andre3131 said...

Audrey,

There is no daught you are concern. You are a open mind personality. You should accept help from other who are also concern if it can help someone.

Your friend André who meet Simone one day.