GERARD LOUIS BREISSAN is a native of Aix-en-Provence in the South of France and a Canadian citizen. As a boy, he studied classical literature and showed an early gift for writing, winning many school and regional prizes, which were sponsored by Hachette the publishers and the Lycée Mignet.
Since 2005, he has been working and living in China, where he is the Head of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Jilin University-Lambton College in Changchun, China, taking the chance also to travel around the country to learn about Chinese culture and traditions. Breissan tells us that many extraordinary events occurred throughout his early years, which he has always felt a compulsion to divulge. In The Day They Came he finally speaks out. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish fact from fiction, he says, but leaves it to you, the reader, must decide.
He spoke to Provese Hong Kong before the launch of his book, "The Day They Came", in Hong Kong on Friday 23 March 2012.
He spent three packed days in Hong Kong, Monday 30 April to Wednesday 2 May 2012, meeting those interested in his book.
During his visit, Breissan (with Proverse Co-Publisher, Gillian Bickley), joined Ms Moon Fong at Farum Radio and the bilingual interview is at the link below: http://farumradio.com/galaxator/galaxator_ep06/
You are encouraged to contact his publishers at email@example.com if you would like to invite him to talk to your school or group.
View an edited video on youtube of Gerard Breissan's introduction of his book, "The Day They Came" at the Proverse Readers' Club: https://youtu.be/4alONrFnffE
THE DAY THEY CAME is the gripping story of a teenager and young adult's adventures in the South of France and the African Congo. Gérard meets and forms an unbreakable bond with the alien Eudoxus, who becomes his mentor and guardian angel. He recounts the fisherman Etienne's story about a terrifying and extraordinary storm off Le Grau du Roi in the French Camargue, when six men lost their lives. The story ends when Gerard is twenty-one. Like the writer, whose name he shares, he joins the hospitality industry to see the world. Throughout the narrative and as he grows up and matures, Gerard struggles to remain true to himself, and to find the correct path in life.
"I liked this tale of a teenager's close encounters with an alien who becomes his guardian angel, rescuing him from various scrapes, once in the guise of an ageless Jesuit missionary in the Congo. An imaginative and delightful read, even if you're not a ufologist." – John Russell, SJ, formerly long-time Warden of Ricci Hall, University of Hong Kong.
"Breissan's tale poses many questions for readers puzzled by UFO phenomena. – Alien from another world? Angel from Heaven? Who, or what is the mysterious but benign Eudoxus?" – Margaret Clarke, acclaimed translator of the future fiction classics, The Last Man and The World As It Shall Be and formerly lecturer in English at Notre Dame College of Education, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Gerard Louis Breissan as featured author in the Proverse Readers' Club series, held at Dymocks Discovery Bay, Lantau, NT, Hong Kong SAR, 23 January 2016. He is wearing his "aliens" tie, a gift from his daughter, in honour of his book, "The Day They Came".
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