The 15th edition of Blue Met, Montreal’s multilingual literary festival, got off to a promising start this week with a packed opening reception at Hotel 10, festival HQ at 10 Sherbrooke St. West. Hotel 10 at 10 Sherbrooke St. West is festival HQ. But festival star Colm Tobin will appear Thursday at the Bibliothèque Nationale.
If you can’t get in, try the Goethe Institute at 6 pm for a round table discussion on artistic ferment in Berlin.A selection of highlights:
Wednesday at 7 pm, Hotel 10. Taras Grescoe, Montreal author of Straphangers, the acclaimed book on public transport around the world, will talk about his book with ecologist Michel Labreque.
Thursday at 6 pm, Hotel 10. Montreal’s DC Books launch five new volumes. A free event hosted by poet David McGimpsey.
Friday at 6 pm, Hotel 10. Linda Leith Publishing launches Wade Rowland’s book Saving the CBC, with appearances by crime novelist Peter Kirby and cartoonist Terry Mosher.
Friday at 7 pm, Hotel 10. Catherine Mavrikakis does a face-to-face interview with American author Edmund White.
Saturday at 11 am, Hotel 10. Journalist and film prof Matthew Hays heads a panel discussion on new forms of the alternate newspaper, with Lorraine Carpenter of CULT Montreal, Marianne Ackerman, publisher of the Rover and Manon Dumais, blogger and cinema editor and for Voir.
Saturday at 2 pm, McCord Museum. The Walrus Talks: a handful of writers talk about building bridges between writers, audiences, people and places, etc. Vincent Lam, Alison Pick, Pasha Malla, Will Straw, Henry Mintzberg, Saleema Nawaz, Rachel Gies, Cameron Charlebois and Jonathan Goldstein. If that’s sold out, try:
Saturday at 2:30 Hotel 10. Poet and editor Carmine Starnino leads a panel discussion on the changing role of the critic. Four of Canada’s best young critics, including Sean Michaels, James Pollock, Sue Sinclair.
Watch Rover for more coverage and suggestions. Info and tickets at www.bluemetropolis.org.