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Blue Metropolis literary festival kicks off April 22

Montreal’s Blue Metropolis literary festival is back for a 15th year, and it remains a great place to meet and hear local and international writers discuss their work.

It’s also a great opportunity to take part in workshops and seminars. The nerve centre where most events are held is Hôtel 10, formerly the OPUS, at 10 Sherbrooke W.

It kicks off April 22 with a cocktail reception ($25) where the festival honours Sheila Fischman, doyenne of Canada’s French-to-English literary translators, and Judith Mappin, co-founder of the Double Hook bookstore that sold only Canadian works for 30 years.

Other highlights:

April 25 – Irish novelist Colim Tóibin (The Master and Brooklyn) will be awarded the Grand Prix and interviewed by CBC Radio’s Eleanor Wachtel at the Bibliothèque Nationale, 6:30 pm, 475 de Maisonneuve E. $15

April 26 – Libyan novelist Hisham Matar (Country of Men) and the Arab Prize winner is featured in a discussion with the CBC’s Paul Kennedy at Hôtel 10, 7 pm. $15

April 27 – Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg (The Jewish Messiah) discusses his latest work, Tirza, with Paul Kennedy, Hôtel 10, 3 pm. $10

April 27 – Poets Stephanie Bolster, Susan Gillis, Julie Bruck, and Jan Conn present their recent collections, Hôtel 10, 4 pm. Free

April 27 – Nancy Richler’s The Imposter Bride, adapted for the stage by Alexandria Haber, stars Ellen David and Stephanie Buxton, introduced by Richler, Hôtel 10, 9 pm. $10

April 28 – Readings of excerpts from the works of Montreal’s female Yiddish writers, with Frieda Forman, Claire Holden Rothman, David Homel and Rivka Augenfeld, chaired by Elaine Kalman Naves, Hôtel 11 am. $10.

April 28 – A tribute of Phyllis Lambert, her contribution to architecture and the publication of her book, Building Seagram, with Lambert and Eleanor Wachtel, Hotel 10, 5 pm. $10.

Info: 514-937-BLEU, or bluemetropolis.org.

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