Writers Unbound

Writers Unbound Season 2

MAtv celebrates Quebec’s English-language writers and publishers in May

Following the immense success of its first season, Writers Unbound, produced by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) in collaboration with MAtv (Videotron), returns to celebrate the vibrancy of English-language writing and publishing in Quebec. 

Writers Unbound is a series highlighting the best of Montreal’s local literary community. The second season, developed in partnership with the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), pairs two writers in conversation with host Shelley Pomerance, inviting them to reflect on their work and inspiration. Each episode also includes thematic book recommendations by local booksellers Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.   

An arts journalist and host, Shelley Pomerance has been an associate programming director with Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival and was a longtime presence on CBC Radio as a host and arts reporter.

“We’re thrilled to present the programming for Season 2 of Writers Unbound,” says Rebecca West, Executive Director of AELAQ. “As the creator of the only show in Quebec with a focus on English-language writing, we’re excited to return with new interviews, updated programming, and more books to share with our viewers.”

“Despite the growing demand and dynamism of the English-language literary community, this is the first TV program of its kind dedicated to the subject. With Writers Unbound, MAtv is pleased to offer unique and much-needed content to Videotron customers, with the support  of established collaborators in the English literature sector in Quebec. For us, this is a way to showcase the work and talent of local authors,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director, MAtv. 

HOW TO WATCH: A new episode debuts every Tuesday night at 8:30 PM, beginning May 31st, on MAtv. Visit matv.ca for the complete schedule. 

Clients of Videotron can tune in to MAtv on channel 9 or 609 in HD. All clients of Videotron (television, Internet, mobile or illico Club) can also view MAtv live and on-demand, here. 

Each episode will be available to the general public to stream for free on matv.ca 7 days after it airs, for a period of 2 weeks.


  • May 31 – Montreal Militants: Ariela Freedman and Merrily Weisbord
  • June 7 – Loss and Recovery: Tarah Schwartz and David Bradford
  • June 14 – To and From the Middle East: Dimitri Nasrallah and Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt
  • June 21 – Identity and Belonging: Mariam Pal and Anita Anand
  • June 28 – Making Choices, Taking Chances: Tara McGowan-Ross and Baharan Baniahmadi
  • July 5 – Old Poems in a New Light: Jason Camlot and Gillian Sze

Writers Unbound is brought to you by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) with our partner the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and is made possible with the generous support of MAtv.

Welcome to Phoenicia Publishing and Black Rose Books!

AELAQ is pleased to welcome two new members to the association: Phoenicia Publishing and Black Rose Books.

Phoenicia Publishing is interested in words and images that illuminate culture, spirit, and the human experience. They are a small, independent, International publisher based in Montreal, publishing book-length poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, music, photography and art.

Black Rose Books has been in operation since 1970, publishing an array of books on political, social, environmental, philosophical, and historical themes.

We are proud to add these two publishers to our growing organization.