Questions about the future of bookstores and libraries soon resulted in bold statements to the effect that “Bookstores will die. It’s a pity, but that’s the reality.” Booksellers fared better in this imagined future, but not by much. To the suggestion that booksellers can continue to play a role in providing advice on books, one participant cracked, “you might have difficulty living on that.” Publishers came in for some dismissive comments, as well, and radio and television got it in the neck.
The Future of Quebec Writing documents, news
In advance of this weekend's Forum on Creative Writing in Quebec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec CALQ has made some documents on writers and writing available on its Website.
Constats du CALQ no 20: Portrait
du soutien du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec au secteur de la
littérature et du conte au Québec;
Optique culture no 3, mai 2011, Les écrivains québécois : un aperçu statistique de l'Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec;
Conseil des arts de Montréal document on the literature sector.
Conseil des arts du Canada statistics;
Regroupement du conte au Québec findings and statistics on storytellers in Quebec.
The Opening panel discussion (May 6, 5.30 p.m.) and the Plenary Session (May 8, 10.30 a.m) will be webcast live.
The six workshop themes will also be the subject of Facebook discussions this weekend, and highlights tweeted #FCLQ.