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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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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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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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Côte Saint-Luc Reads: Bone and Bread with Author Saleema Nawaz

Start Date: Thu 23 Oct, 2014
End Date: Thu 23 Oct, 2014

Community Events

Thursday, October 23 at 7 pm
This event is FREE!

Côte Saint-Luc Reads was created to engage our residents and create a culture of reading in our city. Set in Montreal, Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz is a poignant tale of the complications of family life and the harrowing nature of loss. A reception with refreshments and live classical music will be held starting at 6:30 pm.

For more information, please see

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Monia Mazigh launches Mirrors and Mirages

Start Date: Wed 22 Oct, 2014
End Date: Wed 22 Oct, 2014

Artistic Events

The Silk Road Institute, in partnership with the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore, hosts Monia Mazigh for the official Montreal launch of her book Mirrors and Mirages, published by House of Anansi and translated from the original French by Fred Reed. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at the Drawn and Quarterly bookstore at 221 Bernard in the Mile End and will take place from 7-9 p.m. A short talk by the author, a book signing and a chance to mingle will comprise the night’s event and, of course, tasty refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information visit

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Creative Writing Workshop with Tim Fain

Tue 16 Sep, 2014 - Workshops

Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm

OCT 19 - NOV 23

This six-part workshop will guide you through the journey to unleash your writing talent.

$40 for members of the CSL Library; $50 for non-members
Registration now open.

Please visit or call 514-485-6900, ext. 4205 for more information.

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Wesley Craig launches Blackhand Comics

Start Date: Sat 18 Oct, 2014
End Date: Sat 18 Oct, 2014

Artistic Events

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

Wes Craig's new book "Blackhand Comics" is being released in October from Image Comics. Join us for the launch! Wes will give a short talk with a question and answer period to follow. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The trio of tales in Blackhand Comics; (“The Gravediggers’ Union," "Circus Day," and "The Seed") explores the fringes of society, the weird, and the macabre.

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Quebec writers celebrating a stellar awards season

Fri 17 Oct, 2014 - Spotlight

Awards season has barely begun, but Quebec writers are already knocking it out of the park.

First, we found four Quebec-based scribes on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist: Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), Sean Michaels (Us Conductors), Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), and Claire Holden Rothman (My October). Of those four, Michaels and O'Neill are still in contention on the shortlist. The prize will be awarded on November 10.

Recently the Quebec Writers' Federation revealed the shortlist for its 2014 Awards. The list underscores the talent at work in our province, with Michaels, Anna Leventhal (Sweet Affliction), Guillaume Morissette (New Tab), and Monique Polak (Hate MailStraight Punch) among the nominees. The winners will be crowned at a ceremony on November 18.


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