Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard named German university professor Peter Klaus as a knight of the National Order of Quebec on Wednesday for his work as “an ambassador” for contemporary Quebec literature.
“The German model of Quebec studies that Peter Klaus produced and shared among the four corners of the planet represents an international window for our literary culture,” Couillard stated in a release. “Despite the distance that separates Germany and Quebec, you have weaved strong ties with some of our literary icons (including Gaston Miron, Jacques Godbout and Dany Laferrière).”
Klaus introduced Quebec literature to the Free University of Berlin where he has taught for many years. He has also worked in the past as a visiting professor at universities in Montreal.
The National Order of Quebec was founded in 1984 and is the most prestigious acknowledgment for creativity or innovation awarded by the Quebec government. The order has 983 members who have been named as either grand officers, officers or knights.