Holiday Book Fair 2022

This year, the Holiday Book Fair is back, in person! After two years of virtual and hybrid book fairs in 2020 and 2021, we’re thrilled to return to the Concordia McConnell Building Atrium. Produced by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) in partnership with the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), the Holiday Book Fair presents exciting new works from local publishers, authors, and translators, a full program of hybrid literary events, and multiple author signings.

We have a great line-up of exhibitors, including: AOS Publishing, Baraka Books, Black Rose Books, Concordia University Press, Corner Studio, Guernica Editions, Studio Georgeville, Linda Leith Publishing, Maisonneuve Magazine, Metatron, Metonymy Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, Pow Pow Press, QC Fiction, The Secret Mountain, SpokenWeb, Universitas Press, Vallum, and Véhicule Press. The Livres Babar Kids’ Book Nook is back, too, with a cozy pillow-filled spot for children to curl up with a book. 

The fair is open Friday and Saturday November 4-5, 2022, from 11 am – 5 pm, in the Atrium of the McConnell Building at Concordia University, 1400 De Maisonneuve Boulevard W.. The building is accessible directly from Guy metro and fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

90 local authors will be on site at Concordia on Friday and Saturday to sign books and chat, including Terry Mosher (Aislin), Peter McAuslan, David Bradford, Toula Drimonis, Ann Lambert, Christopher DiRaddo, and many more! Here is the full schedule of signings.

Visit for more details, including links to participate in the live-streamed events. In accordance with public health guidelines, mask wearing for in-person events is optional, though encouraged, with hand sanitizing stations available at all locations.

This year’s Holiday Book Fair events include:

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 7 pm.

Montreal Review of Books – Fall Issue Launch

Ursa Montreal (5589 Park Avenue) Free, no registration required

Join us for the launch of the Fall Issue of the Montreal Review of Books, with readings by featured authors Alexei Perry Cox (PLACE), Neil Smith (Jones), and Toula Drimonis (We, the Others). Hosted by Montreal Review of Books editor, Malcolm Fraser.

Thursday, November 3, 2022, 7 pm

Atwater Poetry Project – Holiday Book Fair Special Edition

Atwater Library and Computer Centre, Adair Auditorium

(4023 Tupper Street, Westmount)     Free, no registration required  

This special edition of the Atwater Poetry Project series, will feature an evening of new writings with poets Prathna Lor (Emanations), River Halen (Dream Rooms), and Trynne Delaney (the half-drowned). Moderated by APP curator, Faith Paré.

Friday, November 4, 2022, 1 pm

Eight Voices: Finalists for the First QWF Spoken Word Prize

4TH SPACE, inside the McConnell Building, Concordia University 

(1400 Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal)    Free, no registration required

In an exciting world premiere, the eight finalists for the inaugural Quebec Writers’ Federation Spoken Word Prize will offer short performances showcasing their talents. The prize is open to all forms of spoken word performance, from storytelling to sound poetry, hip hop, and dub. Presented by the Quebec Writers’ Federation and Concordia’s SpokenWeb project, the event will behosted by poet and SpokenWeb director, Jason Camlot.

Friday, November 4, 2022, 3 pm

Jazz Stories: En Direct

4TH SPACE, inside the McConnell Building, Concordia University 

(1400 Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal)    Free, no registration required

Author and Radio Canada personality Stanley Péan will discuss his new book Black and Blue: Jazz Stories with host Jason “Blackbird” Selman. They will be joined by Anita Anand (A Convergence of Solitudes), Rana Bose (Shaf and the Remington), and Kasia Van Schaik (We Have Never Lived On Earth) for a musically inspired session of improvised live writing.

Immediately following Jazz Stories: En Direct, guests are invited to join us for a Wine and Cheese Reception in the Concordia Atrium, where Gazette editor-in-chief Bert Archer and special-guest author Stanley Péan will open the festivities.

On Saturday morning, coffee will be offered to browsers with the compliments of the Holiday Book Fair.

The books of the participating authors will be available for sale at the in-person events, and a curated selection of books by Quebec writers will also be available through the Read Quebec online catalogue. This is a wonderful opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones!

The Holiday Book Fair is brought to you by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) with our partners the Quebec Writers’ Federation, SpokenWeb, and the Atwater Poetry Project. It is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada, SODEC, the Montreal Gazette, Penguin Random House Canada, Babar Books, Baraka Books, Guernica Editions, Linda Leith Publishing | Linda Leith Éditions, Maisonneuve Magazine, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Pow Pow Press, Universitas Press, Véhicule Press, as well as our bookseller partner, Paragraphe Bookstore.


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