Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

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Country and Region CanadaQuebec
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Blue Metropolis Foundation
661 Rose de Lima Street
Suite 201
Montreal, (Québec) H4C 2L7
Phone: +01 514-932-1112
Fax: +01 514-932-1148

Festival Description

Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing, and encourages creativity and intercultural understanding. The Foundation produces an annual literary festival of international calibre and offers a wide range of educational and social programs year-round, both in classrooms and online. These programs use reading and writing as a therapeutic tool, encourage academic perseverance, and aid in the struggle to overcome poverty and social isolation..

Festival Dates April 22 - 28, 2013
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Highlighted participants 2013:
  • For our 15th anniversary edition, Blue Metropolis brings together some of the world’s best-loved and most talked about writers from 15 countries to take part in nearly 200 events in 6 languages throughout the 6 days of this flourishing literary Festival. The line-up of major stars includes:
    • Colm Tóibín, best-selling Irish author of The Master, Brooklyn, and The Testament of Mary
    • Edmund White, American writer of memoirs and novels including The Joy of Gay Sex and A Boy’s Own Story
    • French/Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou
    • Israeli superstar Etgar Keret
    • One of the top-selling and best-loved Italian writers, Erri De Luca
    • New York Times best-selling author and Booker nominee Hisham Matar
    • Cookbook author and former New York Times food critic Molly O’Neill
    • Gay rights historian and sociologist Frédéric Martel.
    • The best-known writer in the Portuguese language, Mozambican Mia Couto.
    • Former Microsoft executive and philanthropist John Wood.
    • And some of the biggest names in Canadian and Quebec literature today, including Vincent Lam, Pasha Malla, Eric Dupont, Jonathan Goldstein, Alison Pick, Nicolas Dickner, Nancy Richler, and many more!
    • Our closing event this year will be a Tribute to Phyllis Lambert, iconic Montreal writer and architect, on the occasion of her new book Building Seagram
Children's programming 2013:
  • The TD - Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival encompasses the young people’s programming that features more than 60 activities presented at over 50 libraries, Maisons de la culture and cultural centres throughout Greater Montreal. Check out the entire programme online at


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