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      Blue Metropolis gets underway today

      Apr. 18, 2012

      The Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival gets underway today, and runs until Monday, April 23, 2012.

      At a new location this year – the Opus Hotel, located at 10 Sherbrooke west, at the corner of St Laurent – the festival features dozens and dozens of panels, book launches, workshops and special event, with writers from Canada and around the world. And as in years past, the festival will include some Italian flavorings.

      On Friday, April 20 at 7:00PM, there will be a screening of the docu-fiction Dans La Peau D’Italo Calvino. The film looks at the life of the great Italian writer and features both archival footage and fictional reenactments. The screening will take place at the CinéRobothèque, located at 1564 St. Denis (corner de Maisonneuve). The film will be shown in Italian with French subtitles. Admission is free.

      During the duration of the Festival the winning photos from Accenti Magazine’s annual photo competition will be on display at the Opus Hotel. The competition – which features images that “capture an Italian moment” is in its fifth year.

      On Saturday, April 21 at 2:30PM in the Opus Hotel’s Salon St-Laurent, Quattro Books and Guernica Editions present a Post Punk Performance. The blurb reads: “What happens when poetry, social satire, and raw I-couldn’t-give-a-sweet-damn nihilism come together? Why, you get the literary version of the slam dance mosh pit. With a musical performance by Alan Lord and The Falling Men.”

      Also on Saturday, at 4:00PM, a panel discussion on the Internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War will be held at the hotel. The discussion will focus on two recent book publications on the subject by the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, Guernica Editions and Accenti Magazine. Complimentary copies of the books will be made available to those in attendance.

      Just 30 minutes later, at 4:30PM, in another corner of the Opus Hotel, Guernica Editions presents the “Montreal X Factor” panel discussion on the extraordinary rise of contemporary music in Montreal by some of its best-known musicians and writers, with Ray Beauchemin, Lucinda Catchlove, Dimitri Nasrallah, Alan Lord and Jeanette Kelly. This panel is part of the CBC Blue Literary Series. Admission is $10.00.

      Last year, the Blue Metropolis Foundation, the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal and the Fondazione Maria Goffredo Bellonci ONLUS joined forces to launch the Blue Metropolis Strega Prize. The Premio Strega is considered Italy’s most prestigious literary prize. This year, the prize will be awarded to Edoardo Nesi for his novel, Storia della mia gente. The official ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30PM at the Casa d’Italia in Little Italy (505 rue Jean-Talon Est). And earlier in the day at 11:30AM at the Opus Hotel, Montreal journalist Marianna Simeone will interview Nesi. Admission to that session is $10.00.

      A full schedule for the Festival is available online at

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