NOTA: Next on the Agenda

NOTA is a literary conference for English-language writers, publishers, events organizers, and literary professionals to discuss the changing context for literature and to explore how writing careers are developed, supported, and sustained in Quebec in 2022.  Read more

Get the Word Out: Book Coverage in the Media

Thursday February 13th, 5-7 PM
Atwater Library Auditorium, 1200 ave. Atwater, second floor
Refreshments at 5, discussion begins at 5:30
Free and open to the public; please RSVP to admin [at] aelaq [dot] org

Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec

The public often turns to trusted media sources to help them choose their next read; having a book covered by a national or international outlet can give a huge boost to publishers and writers. In this panel discussion, three media professionals will speak to their visions for their outlets, as well as what gets books noticed, and what publishers and writers can do to give their books an edge. Join us for a lively panel discussion and Q&A.

With Erin Balser (CBC Books), Jade Colbert (The Globe & Mail), and Cevin Bryerman (Publishers Weekly). Moderated by Christopher DiRaddo.


Erin Balser is the senior producer for CBC Books, which includes cbcbooks.ca, The Next Chapter, Writers & Company, Canada Reads, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Jade Colbert is an editor and journalist who has reviewed books for the Globe and Mail since 2013. Her work primarily focuses on Canadian and Indigenous literary writing, including works in translation. A graduate of Ryerson’s publishing program, she lives in Toronto.

Cevin Bryerman is the publisher and executive vice-president of Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry. He has been in the publishing business for more than 30 years, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines in strategic planning, business development and strategic partnerships.

Christopher DiRaddo is the author of two books: The Geography of Pluto (2014) and If We Were Fathers, out next year from Véhicule Press. He produces and hosts the Violet Hour reading series, as well as programming Violet Metropolis, the LGBTQ leg of Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. He is the current president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation and an evaluation committee member on the Conseil des arts de Montréal.


There are two flights of stairs to access the auditorium; we regret that the Atwater Library does not yet have an elevator (though it is currently under construction!). There is a gender-neutral single-stall washroom on the second floor, and a multi-stall women’s washroom. Please contact admin [at] aelaq [dot] org for other accessibility queries.

Get Lit! Brilliant Books from Quebec

November 20-25, 2019
Place Bonaventure, 800 De La Gauchetière St. W.
Opening Hours
Entrance Fees
Map of the Salon du Livre

We’re back! AELAQ and the Quebec Writers’ Federation, in collaboration with Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, will once again be at the Salon du livre de Montréal! Visit us at Stand 208, where you’ll find English-language books from local publishers and writers, including fiction, memoir, poetry, graphic novels, and more. There will be author signings happening throughout the fair–see below for full schedule.

In addition, we’re presenting a series of six events, conceived as a shared space for writers and translators from diverse backgrounds and communities, both English- and French-speaking, to read, perform, and exchange ideas around themes that are meaningful in today’s society: identity, diversity, and culture. All events take place on Wednesday Nov. 20th (admission to the Salon is free that day!) and Saturday Nov. 23rd.

Paige Cooper; Rana Bose; Lindsay Nixon; David Clerson; Natalia Hero

Wednesday Nov. 20th:

◊ Translation Grand Slam, 6 – 6:45 PM, Agora

Two pairs of literary translators head into a bookish battle of words. How does each translation choice bend meaning and tone to create the final effect? Authors and translators explore the nuances inherent to literary translation, then engage the audience in a Q&A.

Melissa Bull and Natalia Hero will translate short fiction by David Clerson from French to English. Rachel Martinez and Éric Fontaine will turn the tables, translating short fiction by Paige Cooper from English to French. Katia Grubisic will host in French and English.

The Violet Hour, 7:15 – 8 PM, Grande salle

This event, on the opening night of the Salon, is dedicated to short readings and performances in French and English by LGBTQ+ artists. It will be hosted by the curator of the popular Violet Hour reading series, Christopher DiRaddo, and featured writers include Erín Moure, Denis-Martin Chabot, and Malek Yalaoui.

◊ Rapid-Fire Reading, Ricochet Writing, 8 – 9 PM, Grande salle

Eighteen of the province’s hottest writers and spoken word performers will keep things hopping by reading from their most engaging work—for only 90 seconds each!—Then, still on stage, each will sit down at a laptop to contribute on the spot to a collaborative text that will be read aloud at the end of the show—with élan! This event is primarily in English, with some French.

Participating authors/performers include Kym Dominique-Ferguson, Serge Lamothe, Ann Lambert, Jonathan Lamy, Nora Loreto, Kama La Mackerel, Ross Murray, Mark Paterson, seeley quest, Greg Santos, Neil Smith, Gillian Sze, and 6 others. The event will be hosted by Maria Schamis Turner.

Saturday Nov. 23rd:

◊ LOGOS Readings, 4:10 – 4:55 PM, Espace littéraire

This event will feature readings and performances by two Francophone and two Anglophone authors from diverse backgrounds. Co-hosted by Maguy Métellus and H. Nigel Thomas, and featuring Jason Selman, Gloria Macher, Natacha Odonnat and Jean-Claude Martineau.

◊ 2019 QWF Award Winners, 5:05 – 5:50 PM, Espace littéraire

A discussion with the freshly named winners of the 2019 QWF Awards for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation, children’s and young adult literature and first book. The event will be hosted by Malek Yalaoui.

◊ Literary Covers Night, 7 – 7:45 PM, Espace littéraire

Local writers “cover” the work of other local writers whose writing they admire. An evening of bilingual readings, hosted by Sean Michaels (author of Us Conductors and 2019’s The Wagers). Authors will take the stage to read their coups de cœur from Quebec’s repertoire of poetry and prose, delivering a stellar set list of literary covers. Featuring Clara Dupuis-Morency, Julie Delporte, Maude Veilleux, Lindsay Nixon, Michael Nardone, and Rana Bose.


Schedule of writers who’ll be signing at Stand 208:

Thursday Nov 21
10 AM – 12 PM: Denis Coupal, Blindshot

Friday Nov 22
6 PM – 7 PM: Jeanne Painchaud, ABC MTL

Saturday Nov 23
11 AM – 12 PM: Martin Lukacs, The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Age of Discontent
12 PM – 1 PM: Rita Pomade: Seeker: A Sea Odyssey
1 – 2 PM: Susan Doherty, The Ghost Garden
2 – 3 PM: Jeanne Painchaud, ABC MTL
3 – 4 PM: Louise Carson, In Which: Being Book One of the Chronicles of Deasil Widdy
4 – 5 PM: Ann Lambert, The Birds That Stay
5 – 7 PM: Mary Ann Lichacz-Karwatsky, My Father’s Store
6 – 7 PM: Lindsay Nixon, nîtisânak
8 – 9 PM: Sean Michaels, The Wagers

Sunday Nov 24
10 AM – 12 PM: Katia Grubisic, ABC MTL (translator)
12 – 1 PM: Allan Globensky, A Little Knock Won’t Hurt Ya!, My Life As a Hockey Enforcer
1 – 2 PM: David Homel, The Teardown
2 – 3 PM: Denis Coupal, Blindshot
3 – 4 PM: Steve Luxton, The Dying Meteorologist
4 – 6 PM: Ariela Freedman, A Joy to be Hidden

Intro to Audiobooks with David Caron

Monday October 7th, 5-7 PM
Atwater Library Auditorium
1200 Ave. Atwater, 2nd Floor
Free and open to the public; please RSVP to admin [at] aelaq [dot] org

From providing entertainment on long drives to making literature more accessible to those with print disabilities, audiobooks are an exciting format with far-reaching potential. According to the Audio Publishers Association (USA), downloadable audiobooks are the most dependably growing format in the industry. If you’re curious about this booming business and wondering what you need to do to make the move from text to sound, Intro to Audiobooks is for you. This seminar will cover all aspects of licensing and producing books as audiobooks, including audiobook publishers, basic contract terms, narrators, studios, distribution, and marketing. While primarily aimed at publishers, writers, producers, and other members of the public are welcome to attend.

About David Caron

After spending much time with grandparents in Greenfield Park, David Caron is happy to be back in Québec to talk about audiobooks. He is the president and co-publisher of ECW Press in Toronto, and current president of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. His two decades of work in book publishing and a decade of work in theatre are finding a convergence in the work on audiobooks in the last four years.


There are two flights of stairs to access the auditorium; we regret that the Atwater Library does not yet have an elevator. There is a gender-neutral single-stall washroom on the second floor, and a multi-stall women’s washroom. Please contact admin [at] aelaq [dot] org for other accessibility queries.

AELAQ is coming to Word on the Street!

The Word on the Street Toronto Exhibitor Marketplace
September 22nd 2019
10 AM – 5 PM

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto ON
Booth #241
Free and open to the public

We’re pleased to announce that the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) will be at Toronto’s Word on the Street Exhibitor Marketplace! We’ll be featuring brand-new titles and critically-acclaimed backlist from our members Linda Leith Publishing, Véhicule Press, Metatron, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Bunim & Bannigan, The Secret Mountain, Drawn & Quarterly, Metonymy Press, DC Books, and Renaissance Press. From bold translations of Francophone literature to award-winning LGBTQ titles to cutting-edge poetry to playful children’s books, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Plus, we’ll have authors signing books throughout the day—see below for schedule. Come say bonjour-hi!

Visit the Word on the Street Toronto website for more info, including a site map, directions, and accessibility info.


Author Signings Schedule

10 – 10:45 AM Su J. Sokol, Run J. Run. Renaissance Press

“This gripping story, written with a great deal of graphic detail, compassion, drama, and a detailed sense of place, takes us into the deepest recesses of trauma and makes us look at family and therapy in unconventional but convincing ways. It is intricately plotted and unpredictable.” H. Nigel Thomas, author of No Safeguards

10:45 – 11:30 AM Robin Richardson, Sit How You Want, Véhicule Press

Winner of the 2019 Trillium Book Award. Power and sex take centre stage in Robin Richardson’s formidable third collection, Sit How You Want. Plane crashes and automobile mishaps are the backdrop for female narrators who grapple with terror, anxiety, and powerlessness.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Keith Henderson, DC Books

Sasquatch and the Green Sash
“Henderson retells a powerful tale with dignity and grace, successfully transplanting a poem rooted in the mediaeval Arthurian past into a particularly Canadian mythos.” K. S. Whetter, Acadia University

Acqua Sacra
Old World skepticism kicks at New World concerns in Acqua Sacra, Keith Henderson’s brisk novel about private deception and public corruption.

12:15 – 1 PM Susan Glickman, What We Carry, Véhicule Press

What We Carry is a profound exploration of the weight of human history at three levels: the individual, the cultural, and environmental. From her brilliant “Extinction Sonnets”—odes to various disappearing species—to a spirited examination of everyday salutations, Susan Glickman’s range astonishes: ice storms, sugar maples, early love on the Orient Express, an archaeological dig at Mycenae.

Pamela Mulloy, The Deserters, Véhicule Press

Shifting across three countries, The Deserters explores themes of trust, isolation, abandonment, and emotional disconnection in a world dramatically altered by the experience of war.

1 – 1:45 PM Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Claremont, Linda Leith Publishing

“This lovely, gripping novel, with its sense of wonder and horror about the adult world, has a Spielberg-ian quality. It is a resonant tale about a child’s loss of innocence, the terrible fracturing of a family and the purifying path to healing and reconciliation. Claremont is also an enormously impressive city-specific novel. Rarely has one funky part of Toronto been so brilliantly brought to life.” John Doyle, Globe and Mail columnist and bestselling author.

Kai Cheng Thom, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, Metonymy Press

Chosen for actress Emma Watson’s bimonthly feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf!

“…Kai Cheng is writing a creation story for transgender women. She is imagining a transgender protagonist who is richly imbued with agency, a fierce anger, and a desperate desire to bring her body into being. The world of Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a conscious creation of wonderment with trans women as heroes and legendary beings. The real world is never far away from Kai Cheng’s reality, but she holds it back with a lightness of being and an illusionary gloss of magic.” Gwen Benaway, Plenitude

1:45 – 2:30 PM. John Delacourt, Butterfly, Linda Leith Publishing

“Is the past still past if it exists on video? In a culture obsessed with recording itself, skeletons that once disappeared into the closet can re-emerge decades later to bring anyone’s mistakes into the hard light of judgment. The wrong snippet of footage, seen by the wrong person, can come to define a life. What this means for memory and for revenge are questions the novelist John Delacourt explores in his intricate third novel, Butterfly.” J. R. McConvey, The Globe and Mail

2:30 – 3:15 PM Chester Brown, Louis Riel, Drawn & Quarterly

Critically-acclaimed graphic novel from multiple-award-winning author/illustrator.

“If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown’s Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good.”  The Globe and Mail

“Has Canadian history ever been portrayed with more lyrical space, beauty, complexity and drama than Brown’s Riel?” The Globe and Mail

3:15 – 4 PM Kenneth Radu, Net Worth, DC Books

“All the stories are thought-provoking and reflective, each in its own way, using money as a vehicle to explore such diverse subjects as a spouse’s early death, old age, leaving an inheritance, waiting for an inheritance, divorce, and coming early into the personal independence of adulthood.” Ottawa Review of Books

4 – 4:45 PM MJ Lyons, Murder at the World’s Fair, Renaissance Press

“A nimble, inventive steampunk romp — complete with clockwork cats, daring escapes, beguiling romance and shadowy mysteries — that you’ll rip through in one sitting and beg for the next.” Matthew Bright, author of The Library of Lost Things