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TORONTO - Marie Darrieussecq at the International Festival of Authors

October 28-29, 2017
Harbourfront Centre

French author Marie Darrieussecq will be part of IFOA 2017 and introducing her latest book translated into English, "Being Here Is Everything: The Life Of Paula M. Becker" a moving account of the ground-breaking German painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, the first woman in Art History to paint a nude self-portrait.


France Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair

From 11 to 15 October, France will be the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest event of the publishing industry. Among the French delegation, the writers Marie Darrieussecq and Sylvain Prudhomme will be at Frankfurt, before coming to Toronto for IFOA.

TORONTO - A Room of their Own: Writing the Feminine

October 31st, 2017 | 7PM
Toronto Reference Library

Is there such a thing as feminine writing in contemporary novels? Nearly 100 years after the publication of Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own", a new literary conversation will be hold at Toronto Reference Library around 8 books and their French-speaking women authors, to discuss where women stand in today's literature, and to address women writers' position in our society.


VANCOUVER - Plasticity: Catherine Malabou Reading Group and Seminar

October 4 & 18, November 1, 15 & 21 from 7 to 9 pm
Simon Fraser University & Pollyanna 圖書館 Library

French philosopher Dr.


Paris Fellowship for Canadian Publishers: The Results are Out!

“Books in Translation: a Paris Fellowship for Canadian Publishers”, a new initiative to promote literature in translation between Canada and France, has just found its very first Canadian fellows. Discover now who are the five Canadian publishers chosen by the jury!

Guy Delisle: an Exhibition, in Moncton, Québec and Toronto

In partnership with French publisher Delcourt and the Institut français, the cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada presents an exhibition about the Québécois author and illustrator Guy Delisle, in three Canadian cities throughout April and May: Moncton, Québec and Toronto.


Thursday October 19 - 6:30pm
Alliance française de Vancouver

Take a break!

Every two months, two or three experts talk about Art during 20 minutes with a Q & A at the Alliance Française de Vancouver.

This next Café des Arts will focus on: "Literature".

Meet 2 French authors featured in the Vancouver Writers Festival!


VANCOUVER - French authors @ Writers Fest

From October 16 to 22, 2017
Several locations

The Writers Fest Vancouver brings annually together writers from around the world for a week of readings, lectures, writing workshops and other performances.


TORONTO - Political Feelings: Moving Society. A Talk with Historian Sophie Wahnich

October 25, 2017| 7 PM
Alliance française de Toronto

The French historian Sophie Wahnich, specialized in the French Revolution, will be at the Alliance française to give a talk untitled "Political feelings: moving space".


EDMONTON - The francophone European presence in Western Canada

October 27 & 28, 2017
University of Alberta, North Campus & Campus Saint-Jean

The 150th anniversary of the Canadian confederation provides a unique opportunity to rediscover the distinctive contribution of the French-speaking European communities (Belgian, French, and Swiss) to the material, intellectual, and spiritual history of Canada.


TORONTO - 150th Years of Stories: A European Book Club

September 28, 2017 | 7 PM
Full of Beans Coffee
The Toronto European Book Club is coming back in 2017 this February to put the spotlight on Europe’s literary legacy and its contemporary aftermath in today’s publishing, on the occasion of Canada's 150th Anniversary.
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