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Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival 2009

Top Picks: Day 4

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Day 1: Wednesday at the Blue Met
Day 2: Thursday at the Blue Met
Day 3: Friday at the Blue Met
Day 4: Saturday at the Blue Met (Below)
Day 5: Sunday at the Blue Met
Learn More About the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Last year's Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival hosted close to 200 activities with 350 participants. Expect more of the same in 2009 with presentations in French, English, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, even Urdu! The Blue Metropolis, or Blue Met, offers a series of activities, workshops and regular features, providing a literary hub to the general public, industry professionals as well as Montreal's youth: five days to rub shoulders with your favorite authors, photographers, storytellers, illustrators, publishers and literary professionals of all sorts from across the globe.

Meet Your Favorite Authors
Participating authors' books are on sale in the Blue Metropolis Bookstore at the Delta Hotel in Les Courants Room, mezzanine level. Authors generally go to the Blue Metropolis Bookstore for book signings right after their scheduled events and this is your best bet at catching your favorites in person.

Purchase Tickets for Blue Met Events:

Blue Met Info Line
(514) 937-BLEU

DAY 4: Top Picks for Saturday - April 25, 2009

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fiction Writing Workshop: Writing Ourselves
Refreshingly eccentric novelist Donald Antrim asks what we can learn about ourselves through our writing.
Where: Delta Hotel, Les Courants Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $85
In English.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Science That Matters
Evolutionary biologist Tijs Goldschmidt discusses Charles Darwin's contribution to Western culture.
Where: Delta Hotel, St. Laurent Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $5
In English.

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Becoming a Writer
One of the Blue Metropolis' more popular workshops, writers share stories of how they "made it." With Licia Canton, Claire Holden Rothman, Miguel Syjuco and Alice Zorn.
Where: Delta Hotel, Régence Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $10
In English.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Translation Slam: Le Dire Autrement
A Blue Metropolis tradition, two poets, one francophone and one anglopone, duke it out and then are translated on the spot. With Nicole Perron-Martel, Oana Avisilichioaei, Marc-André Brouillette, Patricia Claxton, Louise Desjardins and Hugh Hazelton.
Where: Delta Hotel, St. Charles Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $10
In French and English.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Face to Face: A.S. Byatt
Interview with 2009 Grand Prix winner A.S. Byatt to discuss her body of work, particularly the latest translation of her first published work, Shadow of the Sun.
Where: Delta Hotel, Régence Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $15
In English.

4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Why I Write
Why do writers keep writing? The job is a lonely one, with an above average sense of social isolation, and it's competitive, thankless at times, a difficult field on a good day. So why do it? With Donald Antrim, Catherine Mavrikakis, Daniel Mendelsohn and Nino Ricci.
Where: Delta Hotel, Régence Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $10
In English.

7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible
A voice to be reckoned with, Jonathan Goldstein explains the Bible on his own terms. With Jian Ghomeshi.
Where: Delta Hotel, Régence Room, 777 University, corner of St. Antoine West; Square-Victoria Metro.
Cost: $10
In English.

Day 1: Wednesday at the Blue Met
Day 2: Thursday at the Blue Met
Day 3: Friday at the Blue Met
Day 4: Saturday at the Blue Met
Day 5: Sunday at the Blue Met
Learn More About the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

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