Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 27, 2008 16:12 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies to Host an Art Matters Forum on "A Passion for Reading" in Conjunction With the 2008 Governor General's Literary Awards

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2008) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond are pleased to invite the public to an Art Matters forum on the theme: A Passion for Reading. The forum, organized in conjunction with the 2008 Governor General's Literary Awards, will take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library of the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa).

CBC Montréal Radio One Arts and Culture reporter Jeanette Kelly will be the moderator for the evening. Four panellists will open the discussion: Kerry Clare, writer and blogger; Geneviève Côté, illustrator; Myriam Cusson, general and artistic director of the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury; and Margaret Eaton, president of ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation. Also taking part in the discussion will be some of this year's Literary Awards laureates. The public will then be invited to share their comments and observations on the theme.

Members of the public must register by email at before Friday, December 5, 2008, as seating is limited. This forum is presented in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts ( and the support of CBC. For more information, visit .

To launch the discussion, a blog on the subject matter from His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond is already posted on the Citizen Voices Web site at

About the Art Matters Public Forums

For every ceremony honouring and rewarding the talents of Canadian artists, Rideau Hall-on His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond's initiative-organizes a forum called Art Matters. This event brings laureates, artists, academics and administrators together to discuss and examine the challenges facing culture in our society. More than 30 forums have already been held in Canada and abroad.

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