Moncton Acadian author thrilled by top literary prize

An Acadian writer from Moncton, France Daigle, has received the 2012 Governor General's Literary Prize for French fiction for her latest book, Pour sûr.

France Daigle won the Governor General's Literary Prize for French fiction

Moncton author France Daigle. (Radio-Canada)

An Acadian writer from Moncton says she couldn’t be happier about winning the Governor General's literary prize for French fiction.

"My reaction was, it's fantastic," France Daigle told CBC News after claiming the prestigious $25,000 prize earlier this week in Montreal.

Her book, Pour sûr, describes the life of Acadians living in Moncton.

The book, which took about 10 years to complete, has been described as encyclopedic, Labryinthian and a Rubik's cube.

Daigle admits it's not a linear story and says it was more of an experiment.

"I think people will discover that it's not that hard a read, although we could imagine that is a hard read," she said.

Worried about French language in New Brunswick

And unlike her previous works, most of the book is written in Chiac — a mixture of French and English spoken in southeastern New Brunswick.

Daigle says she has avoided writing in Chiac because she's worried about the state of the French language in the province.

But for better or worse, it's part of her reality, she said.

"And I think it needed to come out in a big way so that people would realize that this is where we're at."

The Chiac will, however, make it more difficult to translate her book into English.

"Well that's a big question. I'm leaving that to the translator," Daigle said, noting the English version should be ready this summer.

Daigle said she's still "inhabited" by Pour sûr, but she's already thinking about her next book. "Certainly it won't take 10 years to write, I hope anyway."