Montréal-Nord in the spotlight at the Salon du livre

Montréal -Nord in the spotlight at the Salon du livre 

Métro met the director of the Salon du livre, Olivier Gougeon, in one of the places that offers activities in the “Le Salon dans la ville” program, the bookstore La Livrerie in the Center-Sud district .

If the festivities of the Montreal Book Fair at the Palais des congrès begin on November 23, several activities have been offered since Friday in various boroughs of the metropolis and surrounding areas. Among these, Montréal-Nord is in the spotlight this year.

During the first edition of this section, in 2019, the invited district was that of Saint-Michel. After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Salon returns this year with this idea, this time setting its sights on Montreal North. The priority: accessibility. 

“We are in downtown Montreal; there is a fee to re-enter; we are still a very French-speaking Salon; we are like the middle of the book, historically rather white, lists the director of the Salon, Olivier Gougeon. It is not always easy for some Montrealers to feel challenged by the Montreal Book Fair. However, books are for everyone.” 

Thus questioning this notion of accessibility, the Salon decided to reach out to these communities and organize activities to welcome them.

Residents of Montreal North will therefore be entitled this year to a 2 for 1 for admission to the Palais des congrès. A kiosk will also be dedicated to them. 

“Every day of the Show, there will be activities that highlight the neighborhood, but also its authors, including Guédeline Desrosiers”, specifies the director. .

Montréal-Nord in the spotlight at the Salon du livre 

Photo: Courtesy, Montreal Book Fair

The Salon dans la ville

Decentralizing the activities of the Salon du livre to allow everyone to have access to reading is also the objective of the section of the Salon dans la ville. city. The concept was launched during the pandemic, but had been imagined before, explains Olivier Gougeon.

“If the deployment was done in a pandemic context, it is an idea that germinated as soon as I took office in 2018, says the director. There is one element that is important in my vision of the Salon, which is to multiply the points of encounter with books and reading.” 

Thus, there are only readers who come to meet the Salon; the Salon is now going to meet the public in their neighborhood. A total of 54 locations will present events from November 11 to 22, in Montreal, but also on the North Shore and the South Shore. 

Considering that it is still a pilot project, the director explains that the Salon dans la ville also aims to be more representative of the diversity of the metropolis. 

Montreal's diversity is not only its people, but also its neighborhoods.

Olivier Gougeon, director of the Montreal Book Fair

Personalities talk about themselves

If the usual headliners are present at the Salon du livre de Montréal, such as Patrick Senécal, Christine Brouillette or Dany Laferrière, artists and well-known personalities who have chosen the pen to tell their story are also part of the program. 

Thus, Boucar Diouf, Bruno Pelletier, Cœur de Pirate, Daniel Bélanger, Farah Alibay, Mariana Mazza and Martha Wainwright will be present to share their experiences with visitors.

If the trend is not new, are there more and more biographical books on the Quebec market and is this a way for publishers to increase their sales by putting a well-known personality on the cover of a book? 

“There are publishers who seek out well-known personalities so that they can engage themselves through a book, but there are also these personalities who experience all kinds of things in a frenetic world where, in the end, they don't really have the time to express themselves”, believes Olivier Gougeon. 

For him, it's a different and more calm way for these stars to take speech.

“Between Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and others, what can we really express? Even an interview on a radio, in a newspaper or on TV that lasts five minutes where you have to do three somersaults to be funny, otherwise it's not good for the ratings, do they really time to talk about a subject that is dear to them?” 

Olivier Gougeon recognizes that certain personalities have made themselves known through social networks. This is the case of the Quebec aerospace engineer Farah Alibay, however part of the public wishes to know more about her career, which her book My Martian Year allows.

“It's a bit like what literature does, it allows you to stop time, even to enter a new space-time to meet another universe”, concludes Olivier Gougeon . 

To know the complete program of the Salon in the city: https://bit.ly/3A84NHB < /p>

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