Book Fair

The Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair is a yearly event featuring local writers and publishers, presented by AELAQ and various partners.

2016’s Fair
2015’s Fair

Who can participate in the fair?

-Publishers who are members of AELAQ, and writers published by our members
-Quebec-based writers, illustrators, and translators who have published an English-language book with a non-AELAQ member since the previous year’s fair

If you are a Quebec-based publisher who is not a member of AELAQ, but you’re interested in joining the association, please contact admin [at] aelaq [dot] org

If you are a Quebec-based writer, illustrator, or translator with a new book (published since the 2016 fair) published by a non-AELAQ member, please contact elise [dot] m [at] videotron [dot] ca.

Who can attend the fair?

Anyone and everyone! See below for details on this year’s fair.

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) & Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) Present

2017 Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair
Sat. November 25, 12 – 6 PM
Sun. November 26, 11 AM – 5 PM

Le Café in the Monument-National, 1182 Blvd St. Laurent
***new accessible location! Wheelchair and stroller-friendly***

Dive into local lit with Kathleen Winter!

This free, two-day celebration of Quebec English-language books is back! The Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair encourages booklovers of all ages and interests to browse, buy and get books signed, just in time for holiday gift-giving. With publishers and authors on hand, expect hundreds of new titles for sale by local writers including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, books for kids, award-winners and bestsellers.

Highlights:

Festive Wine and Cheese, Saturday Nov 25, 4-6 p.m., with Kathleen Winter. Come meet Governor General’s Literary Award-shortlisted author Kathleen Winter at the Book Fair wine and cheese, and help us raise a glass to local lit! Sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada.

Tundra Books 50th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday Nov 25, 4-6 p.m. During our wine & cheese, fair-goers of all ages will have the chance to toast the 50th anniversary of Tundra Books, publisher of Roch Carrier’s iconic The Hockey Sweater. Now based in Toronto, Tundra was founded by Westmounter May Cutler, the first woman publisher of kids’ books in Canada. Birthday cake will be served! Sponsored by Babar Books.

Rapid-Fire Reading, Ricochet Writing: mRbilia Edition, Sunday Nov 26, 2-3 p.m. 20 writers celebrate 20 years of the Montreal Review of Books in a fast-paced reading and writing bonanza! With a gaggle of writers representing 20 years of mRb history: Louise Abbott, Tom Abray, Jonah Campbell, Chris DiRaddo, Bonnie Farmer, Trevor Ferguson (John Farrow), Ariela Freedman, David Homel, John Kalbfleisch, Alex Manley, Lorina Mapa, Karen Nesbitt, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire Holden Rothman, Sherry Simon, Mary Soderstrom, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Gillian Sze, Blossom Thom, and jia qing wilson-yang. Plus special guest Ricochet Reader Colleen Curran! Sponsored by Maisonneuve Magazine.

With participating local publishers Linda Leith Publishing, Baraka Books/QC Fiction, Nan-Pat-Vic, Metonymy Press, Longbridge Books, Metatron, Véhicule Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, DC Books, The Secret Mountain, Howard Gontovnick Publications, Shoreline Press, and Black Rose Books.

Writers who will be present to meet, greet, and sign books include:
• Kathleen Winter, winner of Canada Reads, shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and QWF’s Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
• Sylvain Neuvel, sci-fi sensation slated to adapt the hugely popular dystopian Black Mirror series into book form
• Jocelyn Parr, shortlisted for a 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and the QWF’s Concordia University First Book Prize
• Bonnie Farmer, award-winning children’s author of Oscar Lives Next Door

Full list of participating writers and translators: Louise Abbott, Tom Abray, Jonah Campbell, Chris DiRaddo, Bonnie Farmer, Trevor Ferguson (John Farrow), Ariela Freedman, David Homel, John Kalbfleisch, Alex Manley, Lorina Mapa, Karen Nesbitt, Sylvain Neuvel, Claire Holden Rothman, Sherry Simon, Mary Soderstrom, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Gillian Sze, Blossom Thom, Linda Besner, Carolyn Boll, Ami Sands Brodoff, Louise Dupré, Sue Elmslie, Marie-Louise Gay, Robert Everett-Green, Maria José Gimenez, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Hugh Hazelton, Carol Katz, Kate Lavut, Lazer Lederhendler, Colleen Curran, Andrée Lévesque, Karen Isabel Ocana, Rebecca Păpucaru, Jocelyn Parr, Laila Parsons, Sandra Perron, Branka Petrovic, André Picard, J. Jacob Potashnik, Erin Robinsong, Phyllis Rudin, Alejandro Saravia, Cora Siré, H. Nigel Thomas, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Rahul Varma, Julie Vincent, Kathleen Winter, Terry Mosher (Aislin), Robert Wilkins, Don Stewart, Anne Renaud, Bill Haugland, Guillaume Morissette, Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan, Licia Canton, DC Ianuzzi, Keith Henderson, Kenneth Radu, Larissa Andrusyshyn, John Emil Vincent, Steve Luxton, Greg Santos, Marcela Huerta, Cason Sharpe, Ashley Obscura, Claude Lacaille, Akos Verboczy, E.A. Heaman, Peter Feldstein.

The Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair is grateful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as that of the Montreal Gazette, Penguin Random House Canada, Babar Books, Tundra Books, Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, the Montreal Review of Books, Maisonneuve Magazine, and all of our sponsoring publishers: Baraka Books/QC Fiction; Longbridge Books; Véhicule Press; McGill-Queen’s University Press; DC Books; The Secret Mountain.

Le Café is located on the ground floor of the Monument-National and is wheelchair-accessible. There are separate multi-stall male and female washrooms, and a single-stall gender-neutral wheelchair-accessible washroom.

Le Café is a short walk from metro Saint-Laurent and Place d’Armes and is on the #55 bus line. Parking is available behind the SAT, and at Place Desjardins.