A new anthology of nonfiction brings the COVID-19 self-isolation experiences of 105 writers from all over Quebec into one powerful volume. In a new poetic children's book, a young Black girl races, alone, into a future where she can count on no one but herself. This week's guests discuss whether or not writers thrive in isolation, and the importance of community to any creative pursuit. They touch on the importance of tackling issues of inequality and discrimination which the pandemic has laid bare, and what might help forge a new path. "If we want to continue as a species on this planet, we will need to find other ways to co-exist," says poet and educator Stéphane Martelly.
Guest(s) : Dr Stéphane , Author, Professor, Université de Sherbrooke Marianne Ackerman, Writer, Co-editor of Chronicling the Days Rebecca Lloyd, Director, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore Piedad Saenz, Children Bookseller, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore
Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec, Writers Unbound is a series of 6 thematic 28-minute episodes, hosted by Shelley Pomerance, featuring Montreal's English-language literature. Each episode will allow us to discover the careers of two local writers, one of whose works will be read by a citizen in the metropolis. The two writers will be invited to discuss in depth a particular literary theme and to share with us what touches them, what inspires them, what they find interesting in this universe. The program will end with the literary favourites of a bookseller!
The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (Association des éditeurs de langue anglaise du Québec) is a not-for-profit organization that advances the publication, distribution, and promotion of English-language books from Quebec. We support our member publishers through professional development seminars, advocacy, and marketing initiatives. http://aelaq.org/
Shelley Pomerance is a programmer with Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, writes the English Books column for Montréal Centre_ville magazine and is the host of a bilingual online poetry reading series. For over 20 years, she was a presence on CBC Radio as a host and arts reporter. She has also presented talks for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and for a number of Montreal festivals and libraries.