2019 Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair

Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st, 11 AM – 5 PM
Atrium of the McConnell Building at Concordia University
1400 de Maisonneuve West
Free admission

Metro Guy-Concordia; wheelchair & stroller-accessible

Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec and the Quebec Writers’ Federation

This free, two-day celebration of Quebec English-language books is back! The Book Fair encourages book-lovers of all ages and interests to browse, buy and get books signed, just in time for holiday gift-giving. With Quebec publishers and authors on hand, there will be hundreds of titles for sale: novels, poetry, history, political and scholarly books, mysteries, SF and fantasy, LGBTQ titles, all written or published in Quebec (sometimes both!). You can’t buy more local than this. There are also events running throughout the fair–scroll down for the full schedule.

We welcome young readers too! Bring your kids to the Livres Babar Kids’ Book Nook, featuring books and activity kits from Penguin Random House Canada. A friendly animator will be in the Book Nook each day 11-2 pm to lead activities, and there will be hot chocolate and juice for young readers.

Schedule of Events:

Where noted, events take place in the 4th Space, located on the ground floor of Concordia’s McConnell building just a few steps from the Atrium.

Saturday Nov. 30th: 

11 am-12 pm: Guided tours of the Mordecai Richler Reading Room.

Tours are free but limited to 10 people, and you must sign up here. Meet at the Welcome table in the McConnell Atrium.

12-1:30 pm, 4th Space: Getting Published in Quebec. Sponsored by Concordia University Department of English and Creative Writing

Three local publishing professionals discuss their publishing and editorial vision, what they look for in a piece of writing, and what emerging writers and creative writing students can do to get their work off the hard drive and into print. Discussion to be followed by an audience Q&A. With: Dimitri Nasrallah (Véhicule Press/Esplanade Fiction), Ashley Obscura (Metatron), Greg Santos (carte blanche). Moderated by Meredith Marty-Dugas.

2-3:30 pm, 4th Space: Paper City: A Literary Map: Sat. Nov 30. Sponsored by Maisonneuve Magazine.

Curated by Book Fair Special Guest Sean Michaels, this reading will feature a variety of genres, exploring urban life through literature. With writers Domenica Martinello, Joel Ferguson, Jeff Parent, Fawn Parker, Kaie Kellough, Gary Freeman, Addie Tsai, Taras Grescoe, Karen McBride, and Megan Gail Coles.

Special guest Sean Michaels; photo by Julie Artacho

4-5 pm, McConnell Atrium: Festive Wine and Cheese. Sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada.
Meet Sean Michaels and raise a glass to local lit! Sean will be introduced by Montreal Gazette publisher Lucinda Chodan.

Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone. His debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and (in translation) the Prix des libraires de Québec. His second novel, The Wagers, appeared in 2019. Sean’s award-winning writing has also appeared in The ObserverMcSweeney’sThe GuardianPitchforkThe Walrus and The Globe & Mail. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines, and songs with colours in their titles.

Sunday Dec. 1st:

11 am-12 pm: Guided tours of the Mordecai Richler Reading Room.

Tours are free but limited to 10 people, and you must sign up here. Meet at the Welcome table in the McConnell Atrium.

12:30-2 pm, 4th Space: Launch of Resisting Canada: An Anthology of Poetry.
Join Véhicule Press for the launch of this important and exciting anthology of poetry edited by Nyla Matuk. The event will be hosted by Carmine Starnino and will feature readings and discussion from Nyla Matuk, Shane Rhodes, Lee Maracle, Derek Webster, Janet Rogers, and Jesse Arseneault.

3-4 pm, 4th Space: Learn Real Good, Book Fair edition.
Real experts + real comedians = real good time! Non-fiction authors Amy Fish (I Wanted Fries with That), Allan Globensky (A Little Knock Won’t Hurt Ya! My Life as a Hockey Enforcer), Alison Rowley (Putin Kitsch in America), and Gretchen McCulloch (Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language) will share the real-life experiences of their books, which will then be spun into comedic gold by a team of players from Montreal Improv.

Book Fair Exhibitors: McGill-Queen’s University Press (Sunday only), Baraka Books, QC Fiction, Véhicule Press, The Secret MountainDC Books, Longbridge Books, Linda Leith Publishing | Linda Leith Éditions, Pow Pow Press, Metonymy Press, Black Rose Books, Metatron, Shoreline, Renaissance Press (Saturday only), Maisonneuve Magazine, Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Schedule of participating writers:

Saturday Nov 30th
Dan Bilefsky (12-2 PM), Louise Carson, Murielle Cyr (12-2 PM), Beatrice Deer, Jean-Michel Fortier, S.B. Goncarova, Judith Henderson, Andrew Katz, Kaie Kellough, Holly Klein, Nicola Klein, Ashley Lanni, Joshua Levy, Susan Lloy, Rhonda Mullins, Jeanne Painchaud (until 12 PM), Melanie Proulx, Kenneth Radu, Lori Weber, Robert Wilkins, Eleni Zisimatos

Kelsey Nichole Brooks, Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Megan Gail Coles, Denis Coupal, William Ging Wee Dere, Endre Farkas, Sheila Fischman, Amy Fish, Claude Lacaille (2-4 PM), Ann Lambert, Ashley Lanni, Nina Laurin, Susan Lloy, Ilona Martonfi, Karen McBride, Ceilidh Michelle (until 2), Adrian Norvid, Maya Ombasic, Fawn Parker, Mark Paterson, Melanie Proulx, Norm Ravvin (from 2 PM), Hugh Thomas, Sherwin Tjia, Addie Tsai, William Vallières (until 2), Maude Veilleux,  Ken Victor, John Emil Vincent, Donald Winkler

Louisa Blair, Colleen Curran, Helge Dascher, Julie Delporte, Susan Doherty, Nicole Raziya Fong, Marie-Louise Gay, Taras Grescoe, Katia Grubisic (until 4), Christian Guay-Poliquin (from 3:30), David Homel (from 3:30), Jonathan Kaplansky, Elaine Kennedy, Isabelle Laflèche, Ashley Lanni, Susan Lloy, Steve Luxton, Domenica Martinello, Tara McGowan-Ross, Mark Paterson, Klara du Plessis, Rita Pomade, Melanie Proulx, Hélène Rioux, Gail Scott, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Sherry Simon, Bertha Small, Mary Soderstrom, Christos Sourligas, Bindu Suresh, K.B. Thors, Tracey Waddleton, Aimee Wall

Sunday Dec. 1st
Simon Brousseau, Olivier Dufault, Ariela Freedman, S.B. Goncarova, Judith Henderson, J.D. Kurtness, Isabelle Laflèche, Ann Lambert, Ashley Lanni, Susan Lloy, Mark Paterson, (12-2), Melanie Proulx, Domenica Martinello, Pablo Strauss

Mark Abley, Julie Barlow, John Delacourt, Endre Farkas, Niki Lambros, Ashley Lanni, Nina Laurin, Laurence Leduc-Primeau,  Susan Lloy, Tara McGowan-Ross, Ceilidh Michelle, Erin Moure, Rhonda Mullins, Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Adrian Norvid, Melanie Proulx, Norm Ravvin (from 2 PM), Greg Santos, Carolyn Marie Souaid (2-4 PM), Ken Victor, Caroline Vu, Sarah Wolfson

Arielle Aaronson, Oana Avasilichioaei, Ashley Lanni, Joshua Levy, Susan Lloy, Gretchen McCulloch, Mark Paterson, Melanie Proulx, K.B. Thors, Ian Thomas Shaw, Vivianne Silver, Tracey Waddleton

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, Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, Maisonneuve Magazine, the Concordia University Department of English and Creative Writing, and all of our sponsoring publishers: Baraka Books/QC Fiction; Véhicule Press; McGill-Queen’s University Press; DC Books; The Secret Mountain; Pow Pow Press; Linda Leith Publishing | Éditions Linda Leith.

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