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CityLit: The Blue Met 2008

Posted by Kim / April 30, 2008

20080211_book1.jpgThe Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival is here, for the 10th consecutive year. It starts today and runs until Sunday, May 4th and focuses on the theme “On the Road.” Like most things literary, this festival is perhaps a bit more low-key than other Montreal festivals, but the degree of talent remains the same. I highly recommend checking out a few of the events; many of them are free, and even the ones that aren't are cheap enough to merit a trip out.

A few highlights:

This afternoon (4pm), hear bilingual writers discuss the challenges that come with writing in a language that is not your mother tongue, with authors K. Madavane, Wei-Wei and Nathalie Stephens ($5). And while we’re thinking about languages, Thursday, May 1st sees the Translation Slam ($10), where one francophone poet and one Anglophone poet will have their work translated by two different translators. Who says poetry doesn’t get rowdy?

At 8:30 tonight, Anke Feuchtenberger, graphic artist, presents digital slideshows, a 15-minute short and sits for an onstage interview (free).

On Thursday, May 1st, Saadi Youses is awarded the Arab Literary Prize, followed by an onstage interview in Arabic.

Then, at 7:30pm, Hungarian Holocaust survivor Hermann Gruenwald, author Bryan Demchinsky, and journalist Adam LeBor engage in a discussion panel about the Hungarian Holocaust ($10)

At 8:30pm, hear Susan Pinker, author of The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap, talk about how and why learning and behavioral gaps in the nursery are reversed in the boardroom ($10)

Friday, May 2nd is the day for aspiring writers! At 5pm, learn the ins and outs of writing and working through the trials and tribulations of being an author ($10).

Thinking about where electronic literature might be headed in this age of technology? On Saturday, May 3rd, learn about it by listening to a round table discussion ($5, in French). The English version happens a bit later in the day.

Also on Saturday, panel discussions for the multicultural side of you: The Road to India and The Road to China.

On Sunday, May 4th, (3:30pm) author David McGimpsey, along with Nairne Holtz, Gary Geddes and Anke Feuchtenberge, answer the question of self-censorship and the role it plays in creative work ($5). If you’re free for the whole afternoon, check out the book launch at 2pm for DC Books’ newest series, Punch Writing, edited by David McGimspey and Jason Camlot (free).

The list goes on. I highly suggest checking out the program and enriching your mind and soul with at least one scholarly event, one to get your heart inspired and the hand writing!

Tonight, Daniel Pennac will be awarded the Grand Prix (Marageret Atwood was last year’s recipient).



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