[Salon du livre de Montréal] 10 suggestions to feed the mind

The 45e Salon du livre de Montréal (SLM) will take place at the Palais des Congrès from November 23 to 27. But from November 11, the Show will also be deployed across the city and, to a lesser extent this year, online. Ten suggestions for this marathon of words and books.

At the convention center

Great interview with Daniel Bélanger. Among the twenty or so “Great Interviews” that will take place this year, the one with Daniel Bélanger appears to be essential. The poet and singer-songwriter returns with a new collection of poetry, Heavy weights (Red Herbs).
Wednesday, November 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., at the Espace littéraire.

Cabaret of living memory. A show that pays homage to a few Quebec literary voices who have recently passed away: Marie-Claire Blais, François Blais, Serge Bouchard and Simon Roy. Actress Émilie Bibeau will read excerpts from their works, while Kevin Lambert, Hélène Bughin and Ayavi Lake will discuss the links that unite them to their works. Enveloped by the notes of musician Paul Cargnello.
Wednesday, November 23, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Agora.

Meeting with Giuliano da Empoli. Another “Grand interview” not to be missed, the one with the Italian-Swiss writer and essayist Giuliano da Empoli, author of Kremlin Mage, a fascinating journey into the heart of Russian power. Her first novel recently won the 2022 Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française, in addition to being one of the four finalists for the Prix Goncourt. The author will meet with Pénélope McQuade.
Friday, November 25, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Espace littéraire.

Cabaret of languages. A celebration of the art of translation, where some authors will read excerpts from their works where, according to the SLM website, “the transition from French to foreign languages ​​is done in complete fluidity”. With Yara El-Ghadban, Akos Verboczy and Katia Bacon, and music by Mélissa Lavergne and Kattam Laraki-Côté. Claudia Larochelle at the animation.
Friday, November 25, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Agora.

Barbados show. Storytellers, young and old, will be (well) served on the youth scene, and will have the chance to be told a story by the entertaining Barbados of Barbados, a well-known drag queen. From 6 to 9 years old.
Sunday, November 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Espace jeunesse Desjardins.

Literary instructions. True to its tradition, the Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ) continues its literary prescriptions. You can meet booksellers, authors and autrices who will offer you personalized reading ideas, including Carole David, Marie-Pierre Duval, Geneviève Pettersen, Dominique Scali, Patrick Senécal, Olivia Tapiero and Michel Tremblay.
At the Maison des libraires (stand 801).

In the city

Interview with Alain Deneault. The philosopher and essayist will be in town to discuss his most recent essay, Manners. From the cannibal left to the vandal right (Lux). Known for his critical thinking on capitalism, tax havens and mining companies, Alain Deneault has this time sought to give us tools to understand some very contemporary social issues.
Saturday, November 12, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Le Port de tête bookstore.

Behind the scenes of theatrical creation. Under the direction of director Jérémie Niel, the Pétrus company lifts the veil on its creative process by allowing the public to attend a theatrical rehearsal of the play who killed my fatheran adaptation of the novel by Édouard Louis which will be presented at the Théâtre de Quat’Sous from November 22 to December 10.
Tuesday, November 15, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Théâtre de Quat’Sous.

Tribute to Afghan women writers. A reading of poems taken from the anthology The cry of Afghan women, published earlier this year by Éditions Bruno Doucey. Organized by the Women’s Committee of the Quebec Center of International PEN, the event will welcome guest readers Denise Desautels, Diane Régimbald, France Mongeau, Laure Morali, Louise Dupré, Martine Audet, Nadine Ltaif and Pauline Michel.
Wednesday, November 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at La Livrerie bookstore.

Dive into the differences. Current Quebec through the prism of literature. Based on a few lines of thought proposed by the essayist and poet Pierre Nepveu in Geographies from the nearby country, his latest book, the Academy of Letters of Quebec invites us to a meeting-debate. Yvon Rivard will meet with PierreNepveu, first, before the thinkers Mathieu Bélisle,Serge Cantin and Nadine Ltaif discuss together the questions that will be raised.
Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m., at the Grande Bibliothèque.

More information on the show’s website: salondulivredemontreal.com.

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