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June 19th, 2014 • Posted in Montreal

Montreal French Bookstores, and the bane of economists

Browsing through some French language

used bookstores

in Montreal

last weekend, it quickly became evident that politics, at least for these booksellers, trumps the profit motive. None of them had more than a few scanty shelves worth of English language books. Given the percentage of English language speakers in the city, it hardly makes sense. But then again, when does politics ever make sense…no wonder it’s the bane of economists’ existence: the variable that makes logical predictions impossible. 

January 16th, 2013 • Posted in Authors and Books, Montreal

Three Reasons for literary travel to Montreal in 2013

February 1, 2013, 7 p.m. – Madeleine Thien
Montreal-based author and winner of the First Novel Award and the international Ovid Festival Prize for her novel, Certainty.
WHERE: J.A. de Sève Cinema (1400 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

March 1, 2013, 7 p.m. – Kevin Barry
Irish author and winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection There are Little Kingdoms. His short story, “Ox Mountain Death Song,” was recently featured in The New Yorker.
WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)
Co-sponsored with the School of Canadian Irish Studies

March 22, 2013, 7 p.m. – Juliana Spahr
American poet, critic, and editor, and the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize.
WHERE: Hall Building, Room H-767 (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.)

All part of Writers Read at Concordia