Variety, eclecticism, and quality shall be your guides through Blue Metropolis’ Other Encounters space. Explore launches, literary conversations, web archives, literary spectacles, unbridled imaginaries, Dublin, and other ambles at your own pace.
Other encounters—to keep the fun going.
THE VIOLET HOUR
The Violet Hour, Montreal’s LGBTQ reading series returns with readings en anglais et francais.
Participants: MP Boisvert Jane Byers, Gabriel Cholette, Marie Darsigny, Monica Meneghetti
Host / Animateur : Christopher DiRaddo
KHALIL GIBRAN, LA TERRE, LA MER
Féministe, écologiste, homme du monde, homme de tête, de corps et de cœur, l’écrivain libanais Khalil Gibran est un artiste total. Quatre-vingt-dix ans après sa mort, sa parole résonne toujours en raison de sa profondeur et de son universalité. Gibran parle de la lumière et des ténèbres. Sa voix nous apaise, elle est pleine de compassion, faisant de la terre et de ses habitants des divinités, donnant à l’art une dimension sacrée. Lecture théâtrale et musicale de La musique, Merveilles et curiosités, Larme et sourire et L’Errant, de Khalil Gibran, présentée par Voltage créations théâtrales en collaboration avec À voix haute.
Participants : Nathalie Baroud, Nathalie Tannous, Lamia Yared (chant et oud)
ALL PEOPLE SHARE THE SAME RIGHTS
Jim Torczyner will discuss his new book Rights-Based Community Practice and Academic, focusing on his 25 years of experience empowering marginalized communities in Montreal and the Middle East through individual and community action, as well as advocacy. MCM Assistant Director Anwar Alhjooj will moderate, engaging themes from Torczyner’s book and anecdotes from his long career.
In partnership with Montreal City Mission
Participant : Jim Torczyner
Host: Anwar Alhjooj
LISTENING FOR HOPE IN THE ARCHIVE – A SPOKENWEB LISTENING PRACTICE
Working with SpokenWeb’s digital archives of literary sound recordings, this interactive session will introduce ideas and methods of listening, and will lead participants in listening to and discussion of a selection of archival recordings. Based on this year’s festival theme, the selected clips will engage with the question of how we can listen to and learn from sounds of hope in archives.
Participants: Representatives from Concordia’s SpokenWeb research team
Host: Jason Camlot, Katherine McLeod
UNARCHIVING / DÉSARCHIVER
Based on concepts and case studies from the new edited collection of essays, CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (MQUP), this event will be explore the key ideas and methods of unarchiving through creative acts of unarchival performances – presented as recorded videos – to be followed by a live-virtual panel.
Participants: Jason Camlot, Katherine McLeod, Karl Jirgens, Jessi MacEachern, and Deanna Fong
Host: Jason Camlot, Katherine McLeod
RE-OPENING DOORS INTO VANCOUVER’S STRATHCONA NEIGHBOURHOOD: A CONVERSATION WITH DAPHNE MARLATT AND CAROLE ITTER
Deanna Fong and Mathieu Aubin interview poet Daphne Marlatt and artist Carole Itter about their oral historical work in Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End, published in 1979. The pre-recorded interview discusses the pair’s recollections of conducting interviews, their experience of revisiting that work today, and the neighbourhood’s transformation since the book’s publication.
Participants: Daphne Marlatt, Carole Itter
Host : Deanna Fong et Mathieu Aubin
WHERE ARE YOU, PUFFLING?
In association with Culture Ireland, join award-winning Irish children’s author Erika McGann and best-selling children’s author and illustrator Gerry Daly for a fun-filled ‘Where Are You, Puffling?’ interactive story and art event.
Participants: Gerry Daly, Erika McGann
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EMERGING WRITERS PODCAST
Three of Ireland’s emerging authors and poets talk with host Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan. The Dublin Book Festival Emerging Writers’ Series is an annual feature and one of the most popular events. To discover the rising talent coming out of Ireland.
Participants: Dagogo Hart, John Patrick McHugh, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Megan Nolan
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Neil Jordan and Nuala O’Connor in conversation with musical interludes from Clare Sands and Susan O’Neill.
Join Dublin Book Festival in association with Culture Ireland, as they bring a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish culture to Blue Metropolis. Presenter Breda Brown sits down with multi-award winning author and director Neil Jordan and author Nuala O’Connor with musical interludes from the enchanting duo Clare Sands & Susan O’Neill. Filmed in the beautiful, bookish surroundings of Kevin Street Library in central Dublin.
Participants: Neil Jordan, Nuala O’Connor, Susan O’Neill, Clara Sands, Breda Brown
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LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE AT THE MILLENNIUM
Book launch! Revisit Cecily Raynor in converssation about her Latin American Literature at the Millenium: Local Lives, Global Spaces (Bucknell University Press, 2021)
Participant: Cecily Raynor (McGill University)
Animatrice: Marie-France Guénette (Université Laval)
Panelistes: Leila Lehnen (Brown University) and Catalina Quesada-Gómez (University of Miami)
Modératrice: Lidia Ponce de la Vega (McGill University)
LANCEMENT LLP LAUNCH!
Lancement des ouvrages 2021 de Linda Leith Éditions, ainsi que des livres et des auteurs de 2020. Linda Leith Publishing is proud to present our 2021 titles, as well as titles and authors from 2020.
Participants: David Homel, Alina Dumitrescu, André Pronovost, Katia Grubisic, Fred Reed, Adam Gollner, Stéphane Martelly, Ioana Georgescu, and many more!
Host: Linda Leith, Leila Marshy
An artistic perspective on the evolution of justice?
Interview with Francesca Trop, to mark the occasion of the recent publication of ‘’Ces grands procès qui ont changé le monde’’ (Du Passage, 2021). ‘’What made you want to write this book? How and why did you pick these particular court cases? What are you hoping this book brings to younger generations?’’ These and many more questions answered by Francesca Trop in this interview conducted by Helen Antoniou, author of the bestselling biography ‘’Back to Beer…and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson’’ (McGill Queen’s Univ. Press).
Participant: Francesca Trop
Interviewer: Helen Antoniou
FRANÇAIS / ANGLAIS
CHRONICLING THE DAYS: DISPATCHES FROM A PANDEMIC BOOK LAUNCH
Where were you when the pandemic hit? While the shock of COVID-19 was fresh, the Quebec Writers’ Federation sent out a call to its members asking for short descriptions of life under lockdown. Written and posted online between April 6 and May 26 of 2020, these dispatches are first-person stories of hunkering down. Join us to discuss community, isolation, and writing in lockdown.
Participants: Linda M. Morra, Marianne Ackerman, Lori Schubert, Rachel McCrum, Connie McParland, Crystal Chan
Host : Margo LaPierre
THE 2021 HUGH MACLENNAN LECTURE SERIES
Established in 1992, The Hugh MacLennan Lecture Series, a Friends of the McGill Library/Blue Metropolis collaboration since the past few years, will take place virtually in April 2021.
Participant : Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Moderator : Ann-Marie MacDonald
Book launch of Bien cocido, by Luis Molina Lora (Seix Barral, 2021).
Participant : Luis Molina Lora
Host : Gerardo Ferro Rojas, Gina Beltrán
A Natural History of Transition: Book Launch with author Callum Angus in conversation with Helen Chau Bradley
Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for the trans characters in A Natural History of Transition, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, and give birth to cocoons. Readings from this debut collection by Callum Angus and discussion of craft with local writer Helen Chau Bradley.
Participants: Callum Angus, H Felix Chau Bradley
Host : Ashley Fortier
UNVEILING OF THE 2021 INDIGENOUS VOICES AWARDS FINALISTS!
Created in 2017, the Indigenous Voices Awards (Prix Voix autochtones) support Indigenous literary production in all its complexity and diversity, with a particular focus on emerging Indigenous writers. They aim to honor the sovereignty of Indigenous creative voices and to fight cultural appropriation. They also work to support Indigenous artistic communities and to resist the individualist mainstays of the prevailing culture.
Participants : Deanna Reder, Sophie McCall, Sarah Henzi
VIRTUAL LAUNCH: THE GIRL FROM DREAM CITY BY LINDA LEITH, FEATURING STEVEN W. BEATTIE
Please join us for the launch of The Girl from Dream City: A Literary Memoir, the latest book by Blue Metropolis founder Linda Leith.
Leith will be in conversation with literary critic and former Quill & Quire review editor Steven W. Beattie, sharing vivid stories of a life spread across continents and immersed in books.
Participants: Linda Leith, Steven W. Beattie
A WORLD OF INFORMATION PLENTY
Book Launch of Abundance: On the Experience of Living in a World of Information Plenty, by Pablo Bockzkowski (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Participant: Pablo Boczkowski
Host: Ingrid Bejerman, Carrie Rentschler
One Word to Change the World?
One word to change the world? In a time of overlapping, urgent crises, members of Montreal’s anglophone student communities engage the world’s challenges in individual 1-minute videos, exploring the potential their choice packs for transformative, far-reaching change.
Watch their videos.
Participants: Liana Picanco, Juliette Naeveke, Gloria-Sherryl François, Farhana Haque, Claire Staton