We enjoyed a leisurely 3 hours stroll around the Salon International du livre, yesterday. Taking in all the different publishers, authors, and what felt like, a million books. Yes, a lot of them were in French, but there were also a lot in English, and a couple of other languages as well.
It was incredible to be surrounded by so many books, so much talent, and, so much noise. A lot of the Salon is aimed at young children and young adults. There were a ton of publishers there, along with associated authors doing book signings and, as a result, the Salon was—I would say—three quarters full with varying ages of children.
What’s fun too, is all around the outside of the main set-up of publisher’s booths, were sections for presentations and talks, book readings, and meet & greets. But it was the sheer number of authors that got me. This year was well attended and, I think, they broke a record for attendance by Quebeckers—who, btw, are BIG readers.
It is heartening to see how well French-language publishing is doing, and the sheer variety of material that was on display, and available.
Vivre la livre!