BLOGGING THE BLUE
Blue Metropolis, April 22-28
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.
The Testament of Mary, by Colm Tóibín, McClelland & Stewart
Some stories are told countless times, like threads woven into the fabric of a culture. At first they are retold because they have such imaginative power that people want to be engaged by them. After a while, they acquire a ritual power and people want to be bound by the threads – to their places in the world, to each other, to certainty. Eventually, it requires an enormous act of imagination to haul a story out of the deep grooves of ritual and back into the riskier realm of human emotion. Leave it to Colm Tóibín to unearth for reconsideration the tale of Mary, mother of Jesus.