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      Blue Metropolis Literary Festival starts today

      Apr. 27, 2011

      Montreal is going gaga for literature, at least for the next few days. The Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival starts today (April 27) and runs until Sunday, May 1, 2011. All events take place at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown Montreal, located at 99 Viger Avenue West. The line up is quite impressive, with over 170 events and 200 writers and artists on hand to represent twelve countries and seven languages.

      Writers of Italian origin will be the focus of numerous events at the festival. New this year is the Blue Metropolis Strega Prize. Each year’s winner of the Strega Prize  – an important literary prize awarded in Italy – will be honored at the Montreal festival. This year’s winner is novelist Antonio Pennacchi for his novel, Canale Mussolini. A special ceremony will be held for Pennacchi at the Casa D’Italia on Saturday, April 30. And then on Sunday, May 1, at 3:00PM, at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown, the festival will host a Face à Face with Pennachi. Both events will be hosted by Montreal personality Marianna Simeone.

      Other events featuring writers of Italian origin include:

      FRIDAY, APRIL 29 2011 @ 6:00 PM. From Manuscript to Publication: a Quattro/Guernica Forum. Featuring Bianca Lakoseljac, Amela Martin, Suzanne Robertson, Paul Seesequasis, and Vanessa Smith. Hosted by John Calabro.

      FRIDAY, APRIL 29 2011 @ 7:00 PM. The 6th Annual Accenti Magazine Awards.

      SATURDAY, APRIL 30 2011 @ 2:00 PM. Quattro Book Launch. Featuring Rosemay Aubert, Rob Rolfe, Luciano Iacobelli, Giovanna Riccio, Vanessa Smith, Tom Reynolds, Koom Kankesan, and Heidi Greco. Hosted by John Calabro.

      SATURDAY, APRIL 30 2011 @ 6:00 PM. The Association of Italian Canadian Writers Presents: Rhythm & Rhyme – The Musicality of Words. A select group of Canadian-Italian writers read from their latest works. With Glenn Hall, D.C. Iannuzzi, Ilona Martonfi, Carmelo Militano, Luigi Monteferrante, Cristina Perissinotto, and Ralph Alfonso. Hosted by Giovanna Riccio. Music by Glen Hall & Luigi Monteferrante.

      SUNDAY, MAY 01 2011 @ 11:00 AM. Translating Difference – Guernica Editions Presents its International Translations. Swiss poet, Oliver Scharpf, Latvian poet, Edvins Raups and his translator, Margita Gailitis, and translator of Italian poet, Giuseppe Conte, Robert Buranello, will launch and read from the newly translated publications: A Choice of Uppercuts, Then Touch Me Here, and Angelina’s Lips.

      Buona lettura!

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