Salon du Livre French Book Fair and Literary Festival Line Up Unveiled

Salon du LivreLe Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, Sudbury’ biannual French book fair and literary festival, has announced major elements of its programming and special guests for this year’s event.

The 8th edition of the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury will be held from Wednesday, May 9th to Saturday, May 12th in a marvellous new venue, Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture in the heart of downtown Sudbury.

Throughout the week, this event combines the pleasures of a literary festival with those of a major commercial book fair. The programming includes tours of area schools by about a dozen children’s authors who will present a total of 90 workshops in schools, visits by area students to the fair’s main venue and an impressive series of events for the general public — panels and interviews with authors, literary dinners, happy hours, round table discussions, lectures — followed by exciting evening stage performances.

Thanks to its many partners, the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury presents a wide array of themes, topics, authors and artists. This year’s event is expected to attract about 10,000 visitors, including 5,500 students.

Michel Ouellette Salon du Livre

Michel Ouellette is an author, playwright and poet and all be a special guest at this year’s Salon du Livre Book Fair and Literary Festival.

Guest of honour: Michel Ouellette

Michel Ouellette, who hails from Smooth Rock Falls in northern Ontario, is a major figure in Ontario’s French theatre circles. He is a prolific writer, with about forty plays and a number of novels, works of poetry and children’s book to his name. His play French Town won the Governor General’s Literary Award. Of special interest will be his latest publications in three genres: theatre, novel and poetry.

A Look at Some of the Programming for General Audiences

All About theatre

Writer-actors, playwrights, novelists, poets and directors discuss the challenges and rewards of bringing words to life on stage. Guests: Jean Marc Dalpé, Alain Doom, Antoine Côté Legault, Marie-Thé Morin and others.

All About Indigenous Literature

First Nations writers share their view on the creative process, imagination, spoken word, writing, translation, and the process of bringing their works to audiences. Guests: Waubgeshig Rice, David Groulx, Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui, Marie-Andrée Gill, Sylvain Rivard, Guy Sioui Durand and Pierrot Ross Tremblay.

All About Families

An exciting line-up of events for children and families will be part of the fair’s Family Day programming, features authors Mireille Messier, Éric Péladeau, Diane Carmel Léger, Claude Forand, Daniel Marchildon and many others. La Slague jeunesse will present a performance of Contes d’un violoncelle (A Cello’s Tales), and a magic show by magician Marc Trudel.

Stage performances and evening events: the “Sudbury Rendez-vous” series

  • A historical, social and literary walking tour of downtown Sudbury hosted by Marc Despatie and Stéphane Gauthier
  • A fun and unusual activity: Sudbury Literary BATTLE/ BATAILLE littéraire sudburoise! with local Francophone and Anglophone authors, presented by Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival and Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury
  • Theatre evening with public readings: Le gars qui voulait se faire phénix by Antoine Côté Legault and Un quai entre deux mondes by Alain Doom
  • One-man show : La vie littéraire written and performed by Mathieu Arsenault
  • First Nations event: literature and bingo come together in Kwahiatonhk!
  • CD launch: Joëlle Roy
  • MORAN in concert, presented by La Slague

Books Galore!

Featuring 30 or so exhibitors representing over 100 publishing houses, a hundred or so book signing and dedication sessions and, of course, thousands and thousands of books! Ticket office information will be announced shortly.

Further details about the event’s programming will be announced in the near future. Watch for them online at And don’t forget to save the dates (May 9th to 12th) in your agenda today!

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