Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 16, 2010 14:24 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2010) - Every year, our writers amaze us with their talent and creativity. Many of their books continue to inspire us for generations, long after they are first published. Outstanding literary works by Quebec authors have become a part of our history, a tangible expression of the richness of our culture.

Situated at the confluence of European and North American literary currents, Montréal has witnessed the emergence of some great writers. Designated by UNESCO in 2005 as World Book Capital City, Montréal continues to support literary creation. The annual Grand Prix du livre de Montréal is just one example of the city's commitment to supporting and promoting its resident authors.

The Grand Prix du livre de Montréal is presented to a Montreal author or co-authors for an exceptional work published in French or English. Our Government recognizes the importance of supporting cultural creativity and innovation, particularly as a way to encourage emerging writers from Canada's two official language communities.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate the City of Montréal and this year's finalists and award winner Perrine Leblanc for her first novel, L'homme blanc. Literary prizes such as the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal celebrate outstanding literary works that Canadian readers can enjoy.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary