Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

April 16, 2015 16:00 ET

Supporting Literature in New Brunswick

Government of Canada supports the Salon du livre d'Edmundston

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Salon du livre d'Edmundston is receiving funding of $41,000 through the Canada Book Fund and the Development of Official-Language Communities Program.

This investment from the Government of Canada will help the Salon du livre d'Edmundston promote and increase the visibility of Canadian-authored French-language books. The Salon is an important opportunity to boost sales for these books and give readers from official-language minority communities better access to a wide range of Canadian titles.

Quick Facts

  • The Salon du livre d'Edmundston is receiving $21,000 in funding through the Canada Book Fund for its 2016 edition and $20,000 in funding ($10,000 for 2015-16 and $10,000 for 2016-17) through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program.
  • Each year, about 12,000 book-lovers visit the Salon du livre d'Edmundston, where they can meet more than 60 authors and purchase books from 200 publishers.
  • The event will include over 85 literary activities, including interviews, round tables and conferences.
  • This year's Salon will take place from April 16 to 19 at the Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany.
  • Book publishers in Canada generate approximately $2 billion in revenue every year and directly employ around 9,000 people. There are over 300 Canadian book-publishing firms located in at least 80 communities across Canada.

Quotes

"Our Government believes that investing in organizations like the Salon du livre d'Edmundston is central to the economic and social health of communities across Canada, and we encourage Canadians to follow suit and support arts and culture in their communities."

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

"The Salon du livre d'Edmundston is a playground filled with interesting literary adventures for every book enthusiast. With our support, this important event will continue to introduce readers to the delights of Canadian-authored books while playing an important role in the ongoing development of Acadian and Francophone communities in New Brunswick."

- The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche)

"The organizing committee of the Salon du livre d'Edmundston is very grateful for the support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund. This contribution will make it possible to offer people in northwest New Brunswick a top-quality event and extraordinary encounters with Francophone authors, while also promoting reading among youth."

- Jean-Claude D'Amours, President, Salon du livre d'Edmundston

Associated Links

Salon du livre d'Edmundston (French only)

Canada Book Fund

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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