A cheerful hubbub at the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais

Featured Events, February 5, 2024 2024-02-05

Various booths at the book fair
Celebrate reading “aloud” at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais! Photo credit: Studio Versa

From February 22 to 25, 2024, celebrate reading “aloud” at the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais (Outaouais book fair, website available in French only), which promises exciting conversations, lively debates and memorable encounters. Held at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau, the 45th edition of this event will explore a theme that evokes the rustle of turning pages and the tradition of orality, as well as the diversity and plurality of voices found in literature. Open your eyes (and especially your ears!) to discoveries that are definitely worth a listen!

Audio content in the spotlight

Literary podcasts, audio works, audiobooks: this year, literature needs to be enjoyed out loud! A wide variety of audio content will be broadcast continuously during the book fair, thanks to collaborations with renowned partners such as Transistor, Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec and the Regroupement des éditeurs franco-canadiens (Franco-Canadian publishers group). Carefully crafted, the audio program aims to bring words to life and make them resonate while sparking your curiosity and imagination. Don’t miss this immersive literary experience, available on Radio-Hull.

Wine-and-book pairings with Véronique Rivest

What could be better than a glass of wine to go with a good book? Apéro livre delivers a multi-sensory experience that is a perfect blend of literature and taste! On February 24, starting at 4:30 p.m., join internationally renowned sommelier Véronique Rivest for daring wine-and-book pairings. Participants will taste carefully selected grands crus and simultaneously sample the latest literary works by Louise Portal, Alexandre Jardin, Jean-Marc Dalpé and Ian Thomas Shaw. Keep happy hour going at the Association des libraires du Québec stand, where Véronique Rivest will be giving out her literary prescriptions!

Véronique Rivest
Join sommelier Véronique Rivest for daring wine-and-book pairings!

A tribute to Fernand Nault

To mark the 100th birthday of Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault, a unique performance in his honour will take place at Galerie Montcalm, located within the Maison du citoyen in Gatineau. Four poets will plunge into the fascinating universe of this exceptional artist to create a unique work illustrating his passion and extraordinary legacy. The presentation of the resulting work, on February 25 at 2 p.m., will be followed by a fascinating interview with choreographer André Laprise. This performance at the crossroads of words and dance promises a truly original experience.

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