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Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators

Thu 05 Sep, 2013 - ELAN Classifieds

Let's prove that this quote by Stephen Fry is true. I'm currently building a bookshelfie (picture one takes of oneself in front of a bookhelf) gallery and am looking for people to submit their pictures to show the world that books are still alive and lovec (see the gallery here:

In exchange for your picture, I will glady link back to or showcase your work on my social media (my facebook page has an average reach of 500/people/week).

If you'd like to join in on the fun, send your bookshelfie to Include your first name and location as well.

Thank you very much!

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The Montreal International Poetry Prize

Thu 22 Jan, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

Entry Requirements

All entries must be original, unpublished works of the Entrant. No poems may be entered on anyone’s behalf. No translations. All entries must be primarily in English. All entries must be submitted online using our entry form.

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2015 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors!

Thu 22 Jan, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

Metatron is excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for the inaugural 2015 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors of Contemporary Literature!

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Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

Mon 05 Jan, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

Program dates: June 8, 2015 - June 27, 2015

Application deadline: February 18, 2015



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TicArtToc 4 Call For Submissions

Tue 28 Oct, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

For someone who has moved to Quebec, it is almost amusing to see how Montreal seems divided between a Quebec and French reality on one side, and a Canadian and English one on the other. And because the  Saint-Laurent boulevard contributes historically to the presence of these "two solitudes," so poetically named, one might think that they exist in their entireties and play an important sociological role.

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Start Writing Your Book

Mon 05 Jan, 2015 - Workshops

Start Writing Your Book

Short Story, Flash Fiction, Prose-Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction.

An eight-week writing course for women.

Led by Ilona Martonfi

Editor/ Poet/Teacher

Producer of The Yellow Door & Visual Arts Centre Readings

Tel (514) 939-4173

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Looking For A Writing Group?

Sat 10 Jan, 2015 - ELAN Classifieds

Looking for a writing group?

Are you looking for a community of welcoming, relaxed, fun, supportive writers? Are you a poet? Fiction writer? Non-fiction? Screenwriter? All are welcome.

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Ilona Martonfi Will Publish New Book!

Wed 10 Dec, 2014 - Member News

Ilona Martonfi is happy to announce she has signed a contract to publish her third poetry book, The Snow Kimono.

Book launch Fall 2015.

Publisher: Inanna Publications

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Contemporary European Drama with Jonathan Garfinkel

Tue 25 Nov, 2014 - Workshops

Contemporary European Drama with Jonathan Garfinkel

with Jonathan Garfinkel

December 9-12, 2014

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Montreal Review of Books Call for Titles

Sun 30 Nov, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Call for Titles - Issue #46, Spring 2015

With the fall mRb published and in the hands of readers, we turn our attention to the upcoming spring issue (see how we skipped over winter?).

We're currently looking for new publications to consider for issue #46 of the Montreal Review of Books. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, criticism, children’s & YA, etc – we invite you to submit any style of literature.

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Visual Arts Centre School of Art / McClure Gallery Readings

Start Date: Tue 02 Dec, 2014
End Date: Tue 02 Dec, 2014

Community Events

350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount  Tel: 514-488-9558

Founder/ producer Ilona Martonfi Tel: 514-939-4173

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Doors 7:00 pm  Reading 7:30 pm  At the door $6

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Rover Arts & Anna Fuerstenberg present The Guerilla Caregiver

Start Date: Sun 30 Nov, 2014
End Date: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

Artistic Events

Rover Arts & Anna Fuerstenberg present The Guerilla Caregiver

A Reading - One Night Only


Rialto Piccolo Theatre

5723 Ave Du Parc

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2015 QWF Mentorship Program

Mon 03 Nov, 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Call for Applications from Quebec English-language Writers

DEADLINE: November 21, 2014


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With Giller and QWF, Sean Michaels counts two wins in two weeks

Wed 19 Nov, 2014 - Spotlight

With so much talent in Quebec's literary world, it's been a very exciting awards season. The excitement boiled over last week, when Montreal-based writer, blogger, and music journalist Sean Michaels was declared the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Us Conductors. The win was a surprise to some, since Us Conductors is Michaels's debut novel and he was up against some stiff competition.

However, at least one other jury must not have been surprised about Michaels' Giller win. At last night's Quebec Writers' Federation awards gala, Us Conductors took home a second honour, winning the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Other winners included Anna Leventhal for her short story collection Sweet Affliction (Concordia University First Book Prize) and ELAN member Monique Polak for Hate Mail (QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature). 

Check out the full list of QWF award winners, and visit a local bookstore to pick up all the titles! 

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The Yellow Door Readings

Start Date: Thu 13 Nov, 2014
End Date: Thu 13 Nov, 2014

Artistic Events

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Local Author Salon at the CSL Library

Start Date: Wed 12 Nov, 2014
End Date: Wed 12 Nov, 2014

Community Events

Montreal authors Elaine Kalman Naves (Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman), Sima Goel (Fleeing the Hijab), and Myra Giberovitch (Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors) will be at the library to share short readings from their respective works.

Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm
Admission is free!

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The Playwright's Workshop Montreal present The Non-Spectacular Spectacular

Tue 28 Oct, 2014 - Workshops

Join us, as we discover:

The Non-Spectacular Spectacular

with one of the most authentic voices of Canada: Nadis Ross - STO Union.

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Classic comedy

Thu 06 Nov, 2014 - Member News

Seymour Blicker's novel, SHMUCKS, is now available as an e-book from Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Goodreads, etc.
Check it out!

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Ladies' Night at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

Start Date: Thu 30 Oct, 2014
End Date: Thu 30 Oct, 2014

Artistic Events

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)
7 p.m. - free!

Come hang out at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Thursday, October 30th for Ladies Night, featuring four ridiculously talented writers from south of the border, all performing in Montreal for the first time.

We’re very excited to be able to bring you:


Presented by METATRON!

Free pre-Halloween candy!

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carte blanche Issue 22 Launch and 10th Anniversary Celebration

Start Date: Wed 29 Oct, 2014
End Date: Wed 29 Oct, 2014

Artistic Events

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)
7 p.m. - free

Celebrating ten years of storytelling, and the launch of our Fall 2014 issue, the evening will feature readings by issue 22 authors as well as past contributors, birthday cake, and bubbly.

Rabbit Punch! by Greg Santos
Blind Spot by Laurence Miall
Dumb comics by Georgia Webber

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