Here's what to expect from the Montreal Book Fair this year

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Here's what to expect from the Montreal Book Fair this year

This will be the 45th Montreal Book Fair.

From traditional and popular signing sessions to major interviews with authors who have left their mark on our time, via cabarets and round tables which give the floor to artists from different backgrounds on subjects that fascinate them, the 45th Salon du livre de Montréal unveiled its rich program on Tuesday.

Literature lovers are invited from November 23 to 27 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal as well as to activities that will be held elsewhere in town and online starting November 11.

This major book event is held under the theme Take body, a nod to the fact that the event, in its second year at the Palais des Congrès, is still taming the place after being slowed down by the pandemic. .

The theme also alludes to the place that books can occupy in our lives, as explained by general manager Olivier Gougeon. To take shape is to make room for the emotion that emerges inside oneself when one reads from the book.

“The body is ubiquitous in reading and writing. […] We read with our eyes, we hold books with our hands, we are lying in bed when we read, and we all have a posture of reading. »

— Olivier Gougeon, General Manager of the Salon du livre de Montréal

Olivier Gougeon is the general manager of the Montreal Book Fair

Among the twenty or so artists and personalities who will take part in the major talks at the Salon, let us note, among others, the musician Daniel Bélanger, the master of Quebec horror Patrick Senécal, the new novelist and comedian Mariana Mazza, the Italian-Swiss author Giuliano da Empoli, the director and writer Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and the academician Dany Laferrière.

Lovers of letters will also have the chance to meet their favorite feathers. Nearly 2,000 artists whose representation is ensured by more than 600 publishing houses will participate in the Salon du livre de Montréal, according to a press release.

We find on this list a very large number of writers from Quebec, including Michel Jean, Rodney St-Éloi and Chrystine Brouillet, but also several artists from elsewhere such as Bernard Werber or Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt.

< p class="e-p">The Fair wishes to continue to cultivate the interest of young audiences in reading and presents itself as an intergenerational event. Many places will be devoted to holding fun activities and literary discovery. There will also be an area dedicated to manga.

To help promote the event, Radio-Canada will record several of its radio shows live from the Show. This will notably be the case for the program on Thursday, November 24 of Pénélope, and that of the following Sunday on Désautels on Sunday.

The complete program of the Salon du livre de Montréal is on its website.

This text was written from a Interview conducted by Catherine Richer, cultural columnist on the show Le 15-18. Comments may have been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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