Irresistible Small Festivals II : Quebec City   > read more...


Friday 29 July 2011

The more our lives as writers and readers are spent online, the more we appreciate what the literary festival – of whatever size – has to offer: not only personal contact with other writers and readers, but also friendliness, warmth, and the kind of intimacy that conversations about good books bring out in people who love reading. When the festival is small, these priceless qualities are all the more concentrated. And when a superb setting is added to the mix, the small festival becomes irresistible.

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Irresistible Small Festivals I : Knowlton WordFest   > read more...


Friday 29 July 2011

Knowlton was full of summer visitors in pastel-coloured shorts and skimpy tops. Cars were sidling along rue Knowlton with their tops down, the boutiques had their doors wide open, and the village was festooned with petunias.



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From Bob Chodos: Francophone interest in Quebec Jews   > read more...


Tuesday 19 July 2011

The relationship between Quebec’s Jews and the francophone majority has known some rocky times − the life of Adrien Arcand is only one part of that story. But there is a more positive story as well. These three books are evidence that this story is continuing, while the one represented by Adrien Arcand is of another time.

Photo: courtesy Inroads

                                       Fascist rally in 1930s Montreal


Hello, out there: Fun with statistics -- with a bow to the photographers   > read more...


Friday 1 July 2011

Amazed to discover there are people, or at least computers, in 40 countries checking out this salon, and can even correlate these visitors with what I posted on any given day. Peak time to read salon posts is lunchtime, between 12 and 2 p.m. And the number of visitors spiked on June 13th when I announced the publishing company.

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Photo: Phyllis Papoulias

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