The Montreal Book Fair in nine selected pieces

In the Congress Hall

Great interview with Zachary Richard

Among the dozen important interviews scheduled this year at SLM, one of the most anticipated is the one dedicated to singer-songwriter Zachary Richard, who released his first work of fiction this fall. The outbursts of Lent (Free Expression), which offers a captivating immersion in post-Civil War Louisiana, is the first French-language novel written by a Louisianan in nearly 130 years.

Wednesday 22 November, from 5.30pm to 6.15pm, at the Espai littéraire

Louisiana cabaret

In connection with Zachary Richard’s historical novel, the SLM this year turns its gaze to the diversity and richness of Louisiana’s francophone culture and literature. In addition to a kiosk that will showcase the talents of its authors, Louisiana will come to life in song and poetry as part of a great holiday cabaret show.

Saturday 25 November, from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, in the Ágora

two queens

Quebec’s two most famous drag queens, Rita Baga and Mado Lamotte, reveal themselves during a tête-à-tête that promises to be colorful and rich in glitter. The queens of the night take a look at the highlights of their careers, as well as the writing of their memoirs.

Saturday 25 November, from 2.30pm to 3.00pm, in the Ágora

Meeting with Snow Sinno

Among the other great interviews not to be missed, that of Neige Sinno, author of sad tiger (POL). With this great novel, an open-hearted story about the mechanisms of sexual violence, and the powers and limits of literature, the French writer won the prestigious Femina Award, in addition to being a Goncourt finalist.

Friday 24 November, from 7.30pm to 8.15pm, at the Espai littéraire

Following in the footsteps of El Trencanous

the story The Nutcracker Christmas today it is inseparable from the ballet that made it famous. To stretch out and discover reading in a different way, author Roxane Turcotte, Sugar Plum Fairy and her rider, performed by dancers from the Canadian Grand Ballets, invite little ones to put on their imaginary slippers to dance the story of little Clara, of her The Nutcracker and the Rat King. One of the many activities planned for young readers.

Sunday 26 November, from 1.15pm to 1.45pm, at Espai Jove Desjardins

In the city

Meeting with Andrei Kurkov

Considered one of the greatest Ukrainian writers, Andrei Kurkov was born in Russia in 1961, before spending most of his life in Kiev. His work offers a sensitive and real insight into the complexity of the conflicts that shake this region of the world.

Friday 24 November, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm, at the Gallimard bookstore

Adaptation of literature to the screen

Between two screenings of the film the plunger (2023), author Stéphane Larue and screenwriter Éric K. Boulianne will discuss the challenges of adapting a literary work into a screenplay, from dialogue to atmosphere to essence and purpose. An opportunity to delve into the subtlety and delicacy of a screenwriter’s work.

Tuesday, November 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Cinema-Campus of the University of Montreal

Night of circus, eroticism and poetry

Mix erotic readings and circus acts? This is the initiative of the creative company Cirque Intimate, which will transform the captivating acrobatics into living paintings that will accompany texts by Cato Fortin, Audrée Wilhelmy and Vanessa DL. All in the chosen setting of Les Plaisirs epicuriens restaurant, located on the first floor of a libertine club. For an evening out of the ordinary.

Thursday, November 23, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Club L

Michel Marc Bouchard and Lorraine Pintal

The playwright Michel Marc Bouchard talks to the director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Lorraine Pintal, as part of a great interview in which he will talk about the former’s journey, as well as the themes that are the basis of his creation. A la carte: a reflection on memory, the violence of the unsaid and poetry as a vision of the world.

Tuesday, November 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Grande Bibliothèque of Bibliothèque et Archives nationaux du Québec

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