April 16, 2024

In recent times, many booksellers have change into precious allies in selling Quebec literature in France.

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Aurélie Garreau and Juliette Pelletier had been each a part of a delegation of French booksellers invited by Québec Édition in 2019 as a part of its program to facilitate conferences with Quebec publishers in Montreal.

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A part of the Quebec literature division on the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

After getting back from this journey, Juliette Pelletier, a bookseller on the Quai des Brumes in Strasbourg, felt the necessity to arrange a bit for Quebec literature. “It was unthinkable for me to not have a particular division,” she remembers, related by way of video convention in France. I found one thing that has been very helpful to me as a reader; I needed to share it with everybody and the readers actually preferred it. »

Conferences in bookstores with Quebec writers, which started with Juliana Léveillé-Trudel for her novel Nirliit, multiplied within the bookstore in Strasbourg. When Éditions du Sous-Sol revealed Mordecai Richler’s work, it invited his translators Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné; Then Paul Kawczak launched Ténèbre – a e-book that was an enormous hit within the bookstore on Quai des Brumes, she notes.

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Exhibition of Mémoire d’encrier books shortly earlier than the poetic encounter with Rodney Saint-Éloi in the beginning of October on the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

Since then there have been quite a few friends from Quebec: Virginia Pésémapeo Bordeleau, Vanessa Bell, Chris Bergeron, Catherine Leroux, Alain Farah, Kevin Lambert, Gabrielle Filteau-Chiba, Dominique Scali, Marie-Hélène Voyer… In the beginning of October it’s The Author, Editor and founding father of Mémoire d’encrier, Rodney Saint-Éloi, was passing by for a poetry night – the perfect alternative to rediscover a style with the home’s catalogue, which included La Peuplade L’Oie de Cravan and Éditions du Passage , which she had uncared for since her faculty days.

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The Rapailler Competition at Le Monte-en-l’air bookstore in Paris in June 2022

In parallel with all these occasions, the bookseller deliberate Le Québec à Quai on the sidelines of the Rapailler Competition of Quebec Literature, which was launched by her Parisian colleague Aurélie Garreau of the bookstore Le Monte-en-l’air (and which lastly happened within the yr 2022).

Booksellers are necessary smugglers. When you’ve got a bookstore within the neighborhood that you just prefer to go to and belief, then that makes all of the distinction when the booksellers promote a specific literature by organizing a presentation or speaking about their favourite literature for a Quebec creator.

Élodie Comtois, President of the Québec Édition

Amongst many different initiatives, Élodie Comtois mentions the bookseller Hélène Woodhouse of La Chouette Librairie de Lille, who this yr invited authors from Quebec as a part of the Competition des livres d’en Haut. “In February there was a Quebec month on the Pantagruel bookstore in Marseille. The bookstore chain Initiales has launched a particular version of its journal “Focus Québec”. All this awakens curiosity about Quebec literature,” says the president of the Québec Édition.

Quebec writers had been invited to the Quai des Brumes bookstore

  • Bookseller Juliette Pelletier meets Kevin Lambert at the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg in September 2022

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    Bookseller Juliette Pelletier meets Kevin Lambert on the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg in September 2022

  • Catherine Leroux in the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

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    Catherine Leroux within the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

  • Alain Farah in the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

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    Alain Farah within the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

  • Marie-Hélène Voyer in the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

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    Marie-Hélène Voyer within the Quai des Brumes bookstore in Strasbourg

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Parisian bookseller Aurélie Garreau recollects that one of many objectives of the Rapailler competition was to point out that novelistic and poetic manufacturing in Quebec is “wealthy and heterogeneous.” “On this literary season, a number of books from Quebec are actual discoveries for me,” she notes.

Amongst her current favorites: The Model No person Cares about, by Emmanuelle Pierrot (Le Quartanier), “an impressive, totally addictive feminist highway journey between Virginie Despentes and Jack London”; Let Our Pleasure Stay, by Kevin Lambert (Le Nouvel Attila), “an amazing political novel with lush language”; or The Report is Good, by Louis-Daniel Godin (La Peuplade), a “touching, humorous, imaginative” novel, in her opinion.

“It provides me nice pleasure to defend it like all e-book in French literature,” concludes the Parisian bookseller.