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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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Set Your Story Free - A Transformational Writing Retreat in Montreal, July 5 - 11, 2015

Start Date: Sun 05 Jul, 2015
End Date: Sat 11 Jul, 2015

Artistic Events

Do you have a book inside you dying to get out about your life or your business? Have people been telling you, "You should write a book"?

So what’s stopping you?

Maybe you think you don't have the talent to write. Maybe you don't even believe you have a story to tell. You might be telling yourself: "No one would want to hear from me because nothing interesting has ever happened to me, or I'm not an expert in anything."

Or maybe you keep telling yourself there’s not enough time, or it’s too late.

Sound familiar?

If you've ever had any of these thoughts, then this writing retreat is for you!

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Screenwriting Seminar, Montreal, July 5

Fri 22 May, 2015 - Workshops

A one-day intensive seminar where you'll learn about characters and characterization, narrative structure, visualization, story boarding, dialogue, script formatting, and more. No experience is necessary!

The seminar is a combination of instruction and hands-on activities connected to a variety of video clips. There are individual as well as interactive exercises designed to reinforce concepts introduced throughout the day. As a bonus, participants receive a complimentary package filled with useful information they will refer to again and again after the seminar.

The Basic Screenwriting Seminar is a day designed to kick start your creativity. Not only will you get the tools you need to write your own screenplay, you'll meet others who share your passion for writing.



SPECIAL: Register by Tuesday, May 26th at 5pm, share it on Facebook & Twitter, and get an automatic discount of $50 at checkout. That's a savings of 33%!

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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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Sat 16 May, 2015 - Calls for Submissions - an online magazine dedicated to all things Italian Canadian - is on the lookout for new contributors from across Canada. Every story has an Italian Canadian angle, be it in the subject matter, the interview subject, or the issue at hand. Stories fall within four categories: News, Arts & Culture, Community or Events. Stories can run anywhere from 300 to 1500 words in length. pays a small honorarium for every published story. Contact Editor-in-Chief Agata De Santis at for further details.

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An Evening with Giller Prize Winner Sean Michaels

Start Date: Wed 13 May, 2015
End Date: Wed 13 May, 2015

Community Events

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm
Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library
5851 Cavendish Blvd.

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Resonance Reading Series

Start Date: Wed 06 May, 2015
End Date: Wed 06 May, 2015

Artistic Events

Wednesday 6 May
Café Résonance, 5175A ave du Parc, Montreal

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Soliloquies Anthology Call for Editors

Wed 15 Apr, 2015 - Volunteer Opportunities

Soliloquies Anthology is currently seeking applicants for our 2015-2016 Editorial Committee. We are Concordia’s undergraduate literary journal that publishes both in print and online, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable publishing and editorial experience.

We are hiring for the following positions:

  • Managing Editor
  • Social Media Editor
  • Web Content Editor
  • Poetry Editors
  • Fiction Editors
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Start Date: Thu 30 Apr, 2015
End Date: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

Artistic Events

Come join us for a night of drinks and readings while we celebrate the launch of our Spring print issue!

Find us on twitter: @scrivenerreview

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SLS Montreal Flash Fiction Prize

Wed 01 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

Summer Literary Seminars and Cosmonauts Avenue are teaming up to present the inaugural SLS Montreal Flash Fiction Prize! In celebration of our fourth (!) SLS Montreal mini-program, we’re going small in our contest! Flash fiction! A five-week contest!

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Reminder: Call for Titles - Issue #47, Summer 2015

Mon 06 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

April 23rd deadline

With the spring mRb published and warmer weather promising a change of season, the mRb team is turning its attention to the upcoming summer issue. Yes...summer!

We're currently looking for new publications to consider for issue #47 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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Blue Metropolis and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly present: Junot Díaz in conversation with Heather O'Neill

Start Date: Thu 23 Apr, 2015
End Date: Thu 23 Apr, 2015

Artistic Events

We are pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz (Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, This is How You Lose Her) will be coming to Montreal as part of the Blue Metropolis festival! He will receive the Premio Metropolis Azul and discuss his work with Heather O’Neill.

At the Rialto Theatre (5723 ave. du Parc)
Doors at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m.

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Creative Writing Workshop with Tim Fain

Tue 31 Mar, 2015 - Workshops

Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm
Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library
5851 Cavendish Blvd.
$40 for CSL Library members; $50 for non-members

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Start Date: Thu 16 Apr, 2015
End Date: Thu 16 Apr, 2015

Community Events

3625 Aylmer, Montreal (between Pine & Prince Arthur)  514-845-2600

Producer/host Ilona Martonfi  514-939-4173

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Theatre Morin Heights

Start Date: Thu 16 Apr, 2015
End Date: Thu 16 Apr, 2015

Community Events

Reading - NEW evening ! RETURN TO A NEW location

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Graphic Novel Book Club: Beautiful Darkness

Start Date: Wed 15 Apr, 2015
End Date: Wed 15 Apr, 2015

Community Events

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

Each month we host a Graphic Novel Book Club meeting, open to all, during which we hang out and informally discuss a featured graphic novel! Our pick for April is Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët’s Beautiful Darkness (translated by Helge Dascher). We will meet at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore on Wednesday, April 15th at 7 PM. Discussion will be hosted by D+Q store staffer Alyssa. There will be refreshments and collective insight! We offer you a 20% discount on Beautiful Darkness from March 18 until the meeting date.

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The Vallum Award for Poetry 2015

Wed 15 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions


Send us your best poems!

This year's Vallum Award for Poetry is judged by Stephanie Bolster and offers a first prize $750 and a second prize of $250. Poets may submit up to three poems of maximum of 60 lines each.

DEADLINE: July 15th, 2015

For more details visit

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Infinithéâtre's Annual Write-on-Q! Playwriting Competition

Mon 13 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

Once again, Infinithéâtre is looking for original works with the potential to shake up the Québec theatre scene!

Plays developed by Infinithéâtre have been performed in and around Montreal, Stratford Ontario, New York, Tokyo, Cairo, Toronto and in Ottawa at the NAC!

Unproduced English or Bilingual plays written by Québec writers are eligible to be submitted.

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Heather O'Neill launches Daydreams of Angels: In conversation with Anna Leventhal

Start Date: Thu 09 Apr, 2015
End Date: Thu 09 Apr, 2015

Artistic Events

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

Join us for the launch of Heather O'Neill's highly anticipated short story collection, Daydreams of Angels! Heather will be in conversation with Anna Leventhal (Sweet Affliction).

Heather O’Neill’s unforgettable novels The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Lullabies for Little Criminals, captured readers with their disarming characters and irreverent descriptions of life on Montreal’s St. Laurent Boulevard. Here, O’Neill’s voice takes flight in a collection of original stories that evoke sorrow, laughter and heartbreak.

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