Photo credit : Krystel V. Morin

Edith Blais

Writer

Edith’s first book, LE SABLIER is a huge success. 60,000 copies have been sold today, 1month post-release.

It’s English title, THE WEIGHT OF SAND, will be published by Greystone Books Ltd in Fall of 2021. The book tells the story of Edith’s kidnapping and her 15 month detention at the hands of a terrorist group in the Sahara. The book also comprises of a series of poems written in captivity, and showcases illustrations painted by Edith upon her return.

Books

The Weight of Sand (Le Sablier)

2021

The true story of one woman's kidnapping and 450 days of captivity in the Sahara Desert at the hands of terrorists-and her stunning escape to freedom.
In January 2019, news outlets reported that a young Canadian woman and her Italian companion were presumed kidnapped while traveling in Africa's Sahel region, a haven for Islamic terrorists.
Little was known about the pair's fate until they reappeared in Mali more than one year later, having apparently escaped their captors.
Now, in The Weight of Sand, Edith Blais tells the harrowing story of her 450 days of captivity for the first time--and reveals that writing poetry with a borrowed pen helped save her life.

Interviews

Tout le monde en parle

February 14th, 2021

"EDITH BLAIS AND DAVID MORIN: 450 DAYS, 10,800 HOURS, 648,000 MINUTES..."
Interview of Edith Blais on the set of Tout le monde en parle

Le Devoir

March 12th, 2021

Block entitled: "A tear in the desert" in the article "The losers, the winners and the women" by Josée Blanchette

Pénélope | Radio Canada

February 15th, 2021

On the program : Pénélope with Pénélope McQuade |

TV5 Monde

February 16th, 2021

Interview for TV5 Monde Info

Rad, laboratoire de journalisme de Radio-Canada

Marche 6th, 2021

450 days in the hands of the jihadists : Edith Blais tells of her escape
A video by Alessandra Rigano, David Valiquette and Frédérique Lacelle.

Urbania

March 6th, 2021

Article "FROM KIDNAPPED TO CONFINED" by Hugo Meunier

Salut bonjour ! | TVA

February 15th, 2021

Launch of Edith Blais' book - Le Sablier: otage au Sahara pendant 450 jours on the program Salut bonjour ! on TVA Nouvelles

La Presse

February 15th, 2021

Article " « J’étais prête à mourir » au moment de fuir " by Janie Gosselin

Le journal de Montréal

February 14th, 2021

Article "L'improbable fuite d'une otage québécoise au Mali" by Nora T. Lamontagne

Deux filles le matin | TVA

February 16th, 2021

Program " Deux filles le matin " on TVA News | 45 minutes

98,5 Montréal

February 15th, 2021

" Le Québec maintenant" with Patrick Lagacé