Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 12, 2015 10:30 ET

Support for Book Fairs in Abitibi-Temiscamingue

Government of Canada supports the Salon du Livre de l'Abitibi-Temiscamingue

VAL-D'OR, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 12, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced today that the Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue is receiving funding of $38,000 ($19,000 in 2014-2015 and $19,000 in 2015-2016) through the Canada Book Fund.

This investment will help the Salon du livre in its mission to bring together Canadian readers and Canadian authors while promoting and showcasing literature from the region and beyond.

Quick Facts

  • Each year, about 10,000 book-lovers visit the Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where they can meet over 100 authors and take part in more than 50 literary activities.
  • The Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue is held each year in one of the five main cities of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region (Amos, La Sarre, Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d'Or and Ville-Marie).
  • This year's edition will take place from May 21 to 24 in Val-d'Or.
  • Book publishers operating in more than 80 communities across Canada generate approximately $2 billion in revenue every year and directly employ around 9,000 people.
  • Through the $39.1-million Canada Book Fund, the Department of Canadian Heritage provides financial support to more than 300 Canadian book publishers and industry organizations every year.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support Canada's thriving book industry, an important part of our identity and economy. Thanks to literary events like the Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, our Canadian authors receive the exposure they deserve and our children can develop good reading habits and a lasting relationship with literature."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The participation of the Department of Canadian Heritage is essential to the organization and development of the Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Thanks to this involvement, our 39th edition will have an even larger presence on the Canadian scene. In addition to the many Québécois and Aboriginal authors coming to our book fair, we will be welcoming two Francophone authors from outside Quebec-a first in the region!"

-Robert Migué, President, 39th Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Associated Links

Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (French only)

Canada Book Fund

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca