Shows, exhibitions, public talks and heated debates - Les Bouquinistes du Saint-Laurent celebrate their 16th season on the quays of Montreal's Old Port



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Every year, the Bouquinistes du
Saint-Laurent re-create the atmosphere of the Paris Bouquinistes along the
Seine in Montreal's Old Port. Today, in the presence of Hélène Tirole,
founding president, and honorary patron Dany Laferrière, they announced the
program for their 16th season. The event, which will run from June 20 to July
15 in Montreal, on the Dufferin Terrace in Quebec City from July 20 to August
12, and then in Sainte-Rose (Laval) on the Thanksgiving weekend, will feature
many activities associated with books, such as debates, concerts, balls and
exhibitions.
    "As they do every year, our visitors will enjoy music, dancing and
laughter in the great outdoors, books and manuscripts surrounded by the sounds
of the accordion, musette, jazz, java and pop tunes, while they savour a glass
of wine under the arbour and soak in the ambience," said Ms. Tirole.
    Along with the usual exhibitors (see appended list), new this year are
Les Editions du Boréal, antiquarian booksellers Relire Livres and bookseller
Michel Guay. They will be presenting an unsurpassed variety of old, new and
used books in all genres, representing every aspect of print production. There
are seminal works in the history of literature that deserve to be discovered
or rediscovered, bestsellers, books on Quebec and Canadian history, art books,
novels, essays, poetry, children's books, how-to books, biographies, prints
and engravings, posters, photographs, cards, recordings, etc.
    "I invite people to come browse and discover marvellous little finds,
chat with the booksellers and discuss the books nearest and dearest to their
hearts," said Mr. Laferrière.
    Les Bouquinistes du Saint-Laurent are also presenting an innovative
program of performances, including La France fête le Québec, with a tribute to
Edith Piaf by Patsy Gallant, and a series of shows by Avec Musique throughout
the St. Jean Baptiste weekend.
    As well, Luc de la Rochelière will be appearing on the Bouquinistes stage
on July 6 at 8 p.m., and Albert Millaire will read from his favourite works of
the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, on June 28 and July 5 at 5:30 p.m.,
at the Café bistrot des Bouquinistes, across from the Montreal Science Centre.
    All day long, lovers of verse will discover poets from home and abroad,
such as Nicole Brossard, Monique Proulx, Alain Mabanckou and many others, at
the listening post in the Bouquinistes rest area.
    During the 24-day event, people strolling along the quays of the Old Port
will also be able to visit L'Encre de la liberté, presented by the Maison des
patriots. This exhibition attests to the essential role of literature in the
history of democracy, through the works of Voltaire, Montesquieu, Tocqueville,
Victor Hugo, John Locke and many others. There will also be many other unique
moments, such as a performance by the ensemble Les Boréades de Montréal of
their collection of Beatles hits-Devil in the Heart-on Sunday, June 24, at
5 p.m.
    Of course, the July 14 ball will have revellers and bookworms up and
dancing to popular songs, accordion music and jazz. Finally, visitors and
booklovers will be able to have their eyesight and reading ability checked by
Essilor, a world leader in vision care and sponsor of the Bouquinistes du
Saint-Laurent.




For further information:

For further information: Nadia Paquet, (514) 843-2351, Cell: (514)
713-1350, npaquet@national.ca; Sylvie Robitaille, (514) 843-2354, Cell: (514)
220-4979, srobitaille@national.ca; Source: Les Bouquinistes du Saint-Laurent

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