For Immediate Release



The Toronto French Book Fair
presents its 25th anniversary

literary and artistic programming

Toronto, November 20, 2017 – With the Festive Season rapidly approaching , you might be searching for gift ideas. Why not head off to the Toronto French Book Fair/ Salon du livre de Toronto where you’ll have thousands of books to choose from:  children’s books, novels, illustrated books, practical guides, dictionaries, poetry, short stories

Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., located in the Yorkville area, from November 29 to December 2, there will be readings by dozens of writers, panels, presentations, a variety of activities, workshops... 

Many established writers will be present: Paul Roux, Marguerite Andersen, Jean Boisjoli, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Jean Fahmy, Guy Gauthier, Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine, Éric Robitaille, Éric Charlebois, Paul-François Sylvestre, Daniel Douglas, Hédi Bouraoui... 

“For its 25th Edition, the Fair will as usual have something for everyone” Valéry Vlad, the Fair’s president, proudly states. “Books are at the root of each person’s lifelong journey of discovery. Reading enhances our lives. »

The Fair has just turned 25!

Come help us celebrate the Fair’s 25th anniversary, on Saturday, December 2, at 1 p.m. There’ll be lots of light-hearted moments coupled with more serious ones, sharing of old memories of Fairs past, poetry, music, songs…:

Friends of the Salon : Marc Lemyre, Marguerite Andersen, Éric Robitaille, Yves Turbide, Claudette Jaiko, Hedi Bouraoui, Paul-François Sylvestre, Alain Baudot, François Bergeron, Guy Mignault, Jean Martin, Paul Savoie...

Archival video footage.

Reading from works of various Franco-Ontarian writers by singer and performer Louise Naubert.

Imaginary letters written especially for this occasion by  Pierre Léon, Christine Dumitriu van Saanen, Cécile Cloutier, Robert Dickson, Michel Dallaire...

Music and songs: Mo Meziti

Renowned illustrator Paul Roux will produce a special drawing inspired by this event.

Radio-Canada  will present its album Canada 2017 - Raconte ton histoire..

Hosted by Line Boily, Radio-Canada, and Guy Mignault.

Is the Ameican Dreams still alive?

The American Dream model, like all such notions, does not always work as intended. It would be safe to say that the myth of the American dream, in its current incarnation, may be in serious jeapordy.   

Claude Guilmain, a Franco-Ontarian writer who, with his recently published play American Dream, wonders what the American dream is made of, will discuss the issue with Guy Gauthier, a Franco-Manitoban playwright living in New York, who has written a large number of plays produced Off-Off-Broadway, and Hédi Bouraoui, a Tunisian-Canadian writer. Friday, December 1st, 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Sylvie-Anne Jeanson, Radio-Canada


This year, the Fair will offer a new prize, the Prix Québec-Ontario, sponsored jointly by the Bureau du Québec à Toronto, via the Secrétariat du Québec aux  relations canadiennes, and the Ontario Ministry of Francophone Affairs.  The prize will be awarded to two emerging writers, one from Québec and one from Ontario.

For the younger crowd

On Saturday morning, Michèle Laframboise and Mireille Messier, wel-known local writers of children’s literature, will meet their fans. Meanwhile Santa Claus will take time off from his busy schedule to distribute presents to kids.  Very popular children’s character Geronimo will be at the Fair from Wednesday to Friday and will joyfully interact with his many fans. This year, the Écris-moi une image contest will be hosted by internationally renowned illustrator Paul Roux.

The 2017 Salon du livre is presented by Radio-Canada.

Bring your family to the Toronto Book Fair and take advantage of what this wonderful yearly event has to offer.

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