The Annual Holiday Book Fair celebrating Quebec’s English-language publishers and writers returns November 16-18 | Arts


The Holiday Book Fair, produced by the Association of English Language Editors of Quebec (AELAQ) and the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF), is back this year with a combination of hybrid and online-only events from the November 16 to 18. Books will also be available for in-person purchase at the Book Fair, November 25-28.

The annual event celebrates English writing, editing and translation in Quebec and will feature the work of local authors and translators.

“We are delighted to be able to bring people together once again to celebrate their love of Quebec books,” said Rebecca West, Executive Director of AELAQ. “It’s been a tough year and a half, but the books have helped us cope. We can’t wait to get people back to discover Quebec books and authors. Book sales are so important to our member publishers as well as to local writers and readers.

Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m., is the launch of the fall issue of the Revue de livre de Montréal. Hosted by Malcolm Fraser, Editor-in-Chief of the Montreal Review of Books, it stars Eli Tareq El Bechelany Lynch (The good Arabs), Helen Chau Bradley (Personal attention role play) and Tara McGowan-Ross (Nothing will be different).

The launch takes place at the Atwater Library and Computer Center (1200 Atwater Avenue, Reading Room) or online at

The event is free and no registration is required. The doors will open at 6.30 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m., at, Quebec writer, novelist, playwright and poet Marie-Claire Blais will discuss her novel Songs for Angel as well as the translation process with Katia Grubisic, who shot Songs for Angel in English. Blais’s ninth novel Thirst cycle, Songs for Angel is described as “a passionate interrogation of violence and hatred that plunges us into the soul of a white supremacist on the verge of a racist attack”. The conversation will take place on Zoom in English and French. Registration is compulsory.

On Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m., acclaimed playwright, novelist and composer Tomson Highway will discuss his new book, Permanent astonishment: a memory, with playwright and novelist Ann-Marie MacDonald, whose first book, Fall on your knees, was a selection from Oprah’s Book Club. The highway game, The Sisters Rez, and his novel, Kiss of the queen of furs, brought Cree life to the world.

The event takes place at Shatford Hall, Center St. Jax (1439, Ste. Catherine W.) or online at

Free, without registration and doors open at 6.15 p.m.

The public in person will be able to purchase books and have them signed. Vaccination passports, photo ID and masks will be required for all events. A selection of books by Quebec writers will be available in the Lire Quebec online catalog. The AELAQ will also sell books by Quebec authors during this year’s Salon du livre in person (November 25 to 28).

– Association of English Language Publishers

– Federation of Writers of Quebec


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