Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 18, 2008 13:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 2008 Salon international du livre de Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Fans of French literature will be able to enjoy the Salon international du livre de Quebec again this year, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Funding of up to $60,000 will help the Salon international du livre de Quebec to organize this year's event, which attracts over 750 authors and close to 900 publishers from Quebec and other parts of Canada, as well as from other countries. The event takes place from April 16 to April 20.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, reiterated the importance of this event to Quebec City, the book industry, and book lovers.

"Our Government is proud to support the efforts of the Salon international du livre de Quebec, which allows readers to discover the talented writers we have in Quebec and throughout Canada," said Minister Verner. "I am pleased to attend this event, which showcases the vitality of our book industry and enriches the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City."

"The Salon international du livre du Quebec has proven to be a major cultural event for the greater Quebec City area. The financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage is essential to encouraging authors to meet with the population, which stimulates the book industry and generates economic benefits of $90 million," said Philippe Sauvageau, CEO of the Salon.

The Government of Canada has provided funding under the Collective Initiatives component of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to increase the capacity of the Canadian-owned and -controlled sector of the industry to publish and market Canadian books, both domestically and internationally.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations