Posted on April 7th, 2010 by .

Literacy is important – without books there would be no sexy librarians.

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that previous sentence was a profound statement, so take some time and let it resonate.

Finished? Good.

Now I’d like to tell you all about the cutting-edge literary event, the 12th Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, taking place in Montréal from April 21-25.

The ‘Blue Met Fest,’ as it’s informally called, is a Montréal festival that welcomes over 250 writers, translators, cartoonists, storytellers and publishers from around the world for five days of literary events. It is an opportunity for the wordsmiths of the world to congregate, share ideas, learn and support each other.

If you are interested in any of the multiple forms of literary expression, this is one Montréal festival that you do not want to miss.

Here are some stellar Blue Metropolis highlights:

Reading the World – With writers descending on Montréal from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and America, it is no wonder that “Reading the World” is the official theme of this year’s festivities. The festival aims to bridge the distance between the page and the person. Come and connect.

Creative Writing Workshops – The festival is clearly a great place to network, but it’s also a fertile ground for developing your own skills as a writer. Why not take a poetry class or incubate your inner spoken word artist? Now’s your chance.

Book Launches – If fresh Canadian literature gets your ink flowing, you’re in for a treat. A couple notable releases include Locavore by Sarah Elton and Traumatology by Priscila Uppal.

Big Names – To name a few of the folks involved in the festival: Lebanese poet Joumana Haddad, Mexican novelist Cristina Rivera Garza, Governor General’s Award-winning author M.G. Vassanji and Pulitzer-prize-winning Northern Irish poet Paul Muldoon.



Blue Metropolis Festival
April 21-15, 2010
Tickets: 1-800-361-4595


Where to stay: For convenience sake, the official festival hotel, Delta Centre-Ville, is your best bet.

Where to eat: Make sure you have a croissant from the charming Olive & Gourmando. For a classy dinner, with locally grown ingredients, dine at TOQUÉ!

What to do in your spare time: A wonder through Old Montréal is an absolute must. To have a unique local experience, head up to Mile End. Grab a coffee at Le Dépanneur Café and pop into Drawn & Quarterly.

More Montréal advice to trust: The witticism of Arjun Basu

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