From November 23 to 27, more than 2,000 authors await us at the Salon du livre de Montréal. An event not to be missed, no matter what kind of books you like.
The Montreal Book Fair is in its 45th edition this year. And all we can say is that he is doing better than ever! It is not by chance that its organizers decided to give it the theme “Take body”.
“We found that this theme was promising, explains Olivier Gougeon, general manager of the Salon du livre de Montréal. “To take shape” means to inhabit a space, to be present somewhere – despite the COVID, we managed to slip through the meshes and be present at the Palais last year! –, but also being inhabited by an emotion, a character or a book that we did not have time to finish. »
“Without being omnipresent, this theme has inspired the programming and is reflected in the activities,” continues Olivier Gougeon. Both very precise and very diffuse, it is an anchor to which visitors can cling as they wish. »
A good thing, because really, there is a lot to see and do!
A host of activities
If we had to list and describe all the activities that await us at the Show, we probably wouldn't have enough of the day to do it! But thanks to the help of Olivier Gougeon, we were able to select a few.
New releases to watch
Surprise readings will add a little magic to the Show . At any time, a novelist, an actor, a playwright or an essayist can indeed appear at the bend of an alley to start reading texts. Nice, right?
Another brand new thing is the Braindate Book Club. At the heart of the Salon, a space has been specially set up to welcome readers who wish to discuss a particular subject, whether it is a novel, a literary genre, a writer, etc Once there, they can chat quietly for 15-20 minutes.
“There is also the Bologna Children's Book Fair which is coming this year to introduce the Montreal public to the band Italian comic, explains Olivier Gougeon. There will be, among others, the illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti who will be there. It's wonderful what he does! »
Espace Montréal-Nord is also worth mentioning, especially if you are curious to get to know its creators.
“In 2019, we had the Saint-Michel district, recalls Olivier Gougeon. We want to connect more with our neighborhoods and promote the talents of the people who live there. »
On the side of the round tables
- When the music resounds in the pages, which brings together music-loving writers and musicians with a passion for words. When and where: November 23 at 3 p.m. at the Espace littéraire.
- Write for them, with the authors Chrystine Brouillet, Carole David and Geneviève Blouin who all deplore the fate reserved for certain women. When and where: November 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Agora.
- Travelling from one book to another, an activity that highlights works that allow us to travel the world. When and where: November 26 at 3 p.m. at the Espace littéraire.
- The community as the nerve center, a round table that invites us to look from another view the community to which we belong.When and where: November 27 at 12:15 p.m. at the Espace littéraire.
On the side cabarets
- Cabaret of Living Memory, a show that pays tribute to the feathers here that have flown to the sky over the past few months. Actress Émilie Bibeau will read texts by Marie-Claire Blais, François Blais, Serge Bouchard and Simon Roy. When and where: November 23 at 7:15 p.m. at the Agora.
- Cabaret of the breath found, to hear everything what James Hyndman, Brigitte Vaillancourt, Éric Gougeon, Pierre Lefebvre, Mykalle Bielinski, Élise Turcotte, Sophie-Anne Landry and Mélikah Abdelmoumen have to say. When and where: November 24 at 7 p.m. at the Agora.
- Language Cabaret, Here, the floor is given to authors and authors whose book has been translated. When and where: November 25 at 7:15 p.m. at the Agora.
- Cabaret of curiosities, a show that promises : all the works presented are totally off the beaten track. When and where: November 26 at 7 p.m. at the Agora.
As for the major interviews
- Daniel Bélanger will focus on Heavyweight, his new collection of poetry, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Espace littéraire.
- Haitian writer Makenzy Orcel will be at the Espace littéraire on November 24 at noon to talk about A human sum, which was a finalist at the Goncourt 2022.
- We can hear< strong> Catherine Ethier, who had a huge success with her first novel, on November 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Espace littéraire.
- The English-Montreal writer Heather O'Neill will allow us to learn more about his phantasmagoric universe on November 25 at 6 p.m. at the Agora.
- While in Montreal, the Italian writer and essayist -SwitzerlandGiuliano da Empoliwill be at the Espace littéraire on November 25 at 5:15 p.m. to present Le mage du Kremlin, which won the 2022 French Academy Grand Prix for the Novel.
- Chloé Sainte-Marie and the poet and geographer Jean Morisset, co-authors of the album-book Maudit silence, will meet on the stage of the Espace littéraire on November 27 at 1:30 p.m.  ;
For young people
- The great reading aloud game at the Salon of the Montreal book, a contest for 6th grade students from schools in Greater Montreal. When and where: November 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Agora.
- Saving the planet one book at a time , an animation raising children's awareness of the importance of ecological gestures to take care of the environment. When and where: November 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Espace jeunesse Desjardins.
- Initiation to Manga drawing, to learn how to draw the faces of manga characters. When and where: November 26 at 10 a.m. in the Manga Zone.
- Barbada Show, which will appeal to young people from Ages 6 to 9 who love great stories.When and where: November 27 at 11 a.m. at Espace jeunesse Desjardins.
Without forget the autographs!
Who says Montreal Book Fair says dedications. And we are particularly spoiled this year, since some 3,000 signing sessions have been organized. Our very short selection:
- Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette: November 27 at 1 p.m.
- Giuliano da Empoli: November 25 at 6:30 p.m., November 26 at 2 p.m. and November 27 at 11 a.m.
- Michel Jean: November 25 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and November 26 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- Marie-Renée Lavoie: November 25 at 3 p.m., November 26 at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and November 27 at 12:30 p.m.
- Dany Laferrière: November 25 at 5 p.m., November 26 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., November 27 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Perrine Leblanc: November 25 at 2:30 p.m. and November 26 at 11 a.m.
- Heather O'Neil: November 24 at 6:30 p.m., November 25 at 7 p.m. and November 26 at 1 p.m.
- Makenzy Orcel: November 24 at 1 p.m., November 25 at 3:30 p.m. and November 26 at 2 p.m.
- Bruno Pelletier: November 25 at 7 p.m., November 26 at 1:30 p.m. and November 27 at 3 p.m.
- Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt: November 24 and 25 at 6 p.m. and November 27 at 1 p.m. h.
►To discover the entire program of the Salon, visit the site salondulivredemontreal.com