The Book Fair returns in person with Patrick Senécal as Honorary President

The reunion defines the theme of the event, since after two years in virtual format, the Book Fair is once again in person.

From May 26 to 29, young and old will be able to meet more than 50 authors and make new discoveries at the Frère Arthur-Bergeron stadium.

The honorary president, Patrick Senécal, said he was very pissed off during the press conference.

You have no idea how pissed off the authors are. We are very, very pissed off about going back to living rooms. »

a quote from Patrick Senecal

The man who has written more than 20 novels, psychological thrillers, short stories and children’s books is thrilled at the prospect of meeting readers during his visit to Ville-Marie.

Michel Forget, Catherine Éthier, Francine Ruel and Réal Couture are on the show. Round tables, games and conferences will be offered.

Children’s authors Amy Lachapelle, Émilie Ouellette and Frédérique Dufort will also be present.

The return to face-to-face means the return of many volunteers. The team will need about 70 people to ensure the proper development of the activities.

The Abitibi-Témiscamingue Book Fair welcomes many book lovers every year. (Archive)

Photo: Élye photographer, Abitibi-Témiscamingue Book Fair

I thought it would have been more difficult after two years of the pandemic to put people back in the context of volunteering, but it’s an event that draws people in, so people like to get involved.affirms the coordinator of the Salon du livre de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Valérie Lalonde.

He also says that he notices the enthusiasm of authors for book fairs, but specifies that sometimes it can be difficult to bring them to a remote region.

When the time comes to invite exhibitors, authors, they do want to come, but the fact remains that we are far away. It influences the decisions they have to make a bit, that’s for sure, because the fees are higher.explains Valérie Lalonde.

The activities will also be broadcast on the web.

Book extracts by QR code

To get people interested in reading, it will be possible to scan QR codes with a smartphone to receive audio extracts from books. These codes will be displayed in bookstores, libraries and secondary schools in Ville-Marie, Val-d’Or, Rouyn-Noranda, Amos and La Sarre. Beginning in May, an extract will be sent to readers each week.

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