What to watch for at the Montreal Book Fair
Michel Tremblay is one of many personalities from the literary world to offer their recommendations this year.
The 45th Montreal Book Fair kicks off at the Palais des Congrès on Wednesday. With its signing sessions, its major interviews and its round tables, the literary meeting invites the public to feel literature from the tip of its toes to the root of its hair until Sunday with the theme “Take body”.< /p>
Here are some activities to put on your agenda.
The Montreal Book Fair runs from November 23 to 27 this year.
Wednesday at 7 h 30 at the Agora
Marie-Claire Blais, François Blais, Serge Bouchard and Simon Roy: four great literary voices from Quebec who passed away this year.
< p class="e-p">To pay tribute to them, actress Émilie Bibeau will read excerpts from their most significant works, alongside texts by current authors, during the Cabaret de la mémoire vivant on Wednesday evening. The objective is to demonstrate the influence and strength of their pen on the Quebec literary world.
I have the chance to carry this word, says Émilie Bibeau. It is meant to be a very luminous, very tender event. We really want to show the beauty of their books, of their words, which continue to live around us.
The authors mentioned, namely Kevin Lambert, Hélène Bughin, Marianne Marquis-Gravel and Ayavi Lake, will be on hand to explain their relationship with the work of these literary personalities who died.
Several other cabarets, such as the one on regained breath, languages and curiosities, are planned throughout the week.
The great author Marie-Claire Blais died this year.
See the complete program of the Salon du livre de Montréal
Every day at the Agora and the Espace littéraire
As tradition dictates, the Salon du livre will offer some twenty major interviews with authors from here and elsewhere throughout the week.
Among the names to remember, let's note that of Daniel Bélanger, who published the poetry collection Poids heavy this year, in parallel with his album Mercure en mai. The discussion will take place on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Swiss-Italian author Giuliano da Empoli, whose first novel (The Kremlin Mage) has won the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française and a place of choice in the Goncourt race, will also lend itself to the exercise with the host Pénélope McQuade on Friday at 5.45 p.m.
Chloé Sainte-Marie and Heather O'Neill will also be there on Friday and Sunday.
Former political adviser Giuliano da Empoli made an impression with his first novel, “The Kremlin Mage”.
Every day at booth #801
Not sure what to read or give as a gift? Like every year, the Association des libraires du Québec has thought of you.
Manga, humor, novels, essays… Several times a day, various personalities from the literary world will share their recommendations.
Guests include Michel Tremblay (Friday 4 p.m.), Catherine Ethier (Saturday 10:30 a.m.), Louise Portal (Saturday 1 p.m.), Simon Boulerice (Saturday 3 p.m.) and Patrick Senécal (Saturday 4:30 p.m.).
Louise Portal will be offering her literary prescriptions this year.
Every day at the Agora and the Literary Space
Several round tables on various themes, such as queer realities and motherhood, are planned throughout the week at the Salon du livre de Montréal.
The Write for Women event, which brings together Geneviève Blouin, Carole David and Catherine Lafrance, will take place Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Agora, under the theme of feminicides.
Friday at 1:15 p.m. at Espace literature, it will be the turn of Simon Boulerice, Bernard Lavallée and Marina Orsini to discuss literature, this time from the angle of food, during Reading between the lines of food.
Racism, geography or the place of music in literature will also be discussed with several authors.
The novelist Geneviève Blouin will be at the Salon du livre de Montréal.
Sunday at 11 a.m. at Espace jeunesse Desjardins
Reading is also for young people… and for drag queens.
The dazzling Barbados of Barbados, who recently slipped into the skin of the star fairy during the Santa Claus parade in Montreal, will be at the Espace jeunesse Desjardins to read stories to young and old. We promise great colorful, touching and funny stories at the same time.
The drag queen Barbada of Barbados.
Several other youth activities, such as the presentation of Completely Disgusting, but Completely Natural! books, and a character creation workshop (Creating Funny Monsters), are also at schedule.
Here's what to expect from the Montreal Book Fair this year